Friday, June 3, 2016

Reduce Food Waste - Bread

Americans throw away hundreds of dollars of food each year.  During June we will look at ways to reduce the amount of wasted food and save money. 

Do you have some stale bread?  Before it molds or goes sour look for ways to repurpose from the usual sandwich or toast.  

Transform slightly dried-out bread into croutons: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly brush top side of bread with olive oil or even margarine. If desired, sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes, leaving the crusts on. Spread in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake on middle shelf of the oven for 5–10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. No need to turn croutons during baking.  Once dry you can store in a container or bag in the freezer.

Bread crumbs are handy for many dishes.  Pop your older bread into a bag in the freezer.  When you have several pieces stored up, process them in your food processor until they are fine crumbs similar to those you buy at the the store.  If you want to have seasoned crumbs, add some Italian Seasoning to the mix.  Store in a jar.

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