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Currently I have a lot of bread. It's not bad, only dry because it's a bit old. I don't want to throw it out. What can I do with it?

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Whenever I have some very dry leftover bread I run it through the blender and make it into breadcrumbs, whose uses are legion. In particular, I find that they are a necessary component of frittata and meatballs. After blending, sift the crumbs to remove the bigger chunks and store in an airtight container. Discard if it becomes moldy, but if you store it properly it will keep for weeks.

If the bread is not very dry (let's say that you can still cut it without it turning into a cloud of crumbs), you can make bruschetta: lightly toast it, rub garlic on the cut surface with a heavy hand, add olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Yummy, not so good for your social life.

Old bread is also the basis of the panzanella salad and of bread soups like panada, ribollita and pappa al pomodoro. Yes, the Tuscans do love their bread.

Not-too-dry bread can also be cut into little cubes that you can dry in the oven (the microwave also works, but be careful lest you set them on fire) to make croutons, the best friends of boring vegetable soups.

Oh, I realized that there is a canonical entry on the many uses of stale bread,

  • Panzanella doesn't look hard, so maybe I'm gonna try to make that. I know croutons too, however I don't eat soup often since I'm living in a hostel. Thank you anyway! – Zoltán Schmidt Jun 3 '13 at 14:52
  • I don't see what living in a hostel has to do with not eating soup! Dry bread can make acceptable toast. The classic British use for stale bread is bread and butter pudding (butter the bread, cut into cubes, layer with some raisins, pour on a mixture of hot milk, sugar and eggs, bake). – slim Jun 3 '13 at 15:13
  • Of course I'd be able to make and eat soup. I'm just too lazy to do that! =D – Zoltán Schmidt Jun 3 '13 at 16:54

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