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10 Things to Do With Stale Bread

When’s the last time you used a whole loaf of bread, down to the last crumb, before it went stale or moldy? It’s not easy. Most of us try our best, but around our house at least, it seems like there are always a few slices or nubs that don’t last until someone’s ready to eat them. And if a new loaf is in the house, forget about it. The old one gets ignored until someone finally throws that last bit away.

But all those throwaway slices add up and contribute to the massive amount of food waste we produce in this country. Not to mention the grocery money that gets wasted right along with it. We say it’s time to take back the bread—and keep more bread in your pocket—by giving those crusty odds and ends some love. When we started digging, we found lots of fantastic ways to use stale bread, like making rustic recipes or feeding plants, as well as some tips on how to store bread so it lasts as long as possible. Here’s a handy infographic with all the ideas. Help us save more slices!

10 Ways to Use Stale Bread

Amy Leibrock
Sustainable America Blog Editor

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Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

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The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

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Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

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