Household Uses for Stale Bread

Surprisingly Practical Ways to Use up Old Bread

Nov 19, 2018
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There’s a surprising amount of practical, household uses for old, stale bread! Here are a few of our favorites.

I’ve baked my own whole-grain bread for more than 40 years (the kind food writers call “rustic”). I don’t think I’ve ever bought a loaf of bread

Yet store-bought white bread somehow occasionally puts in an appearance here, and I will say it serves a number of surprising household uses that don’t involve consuming it. Almost worth keeping a  loaf on hand in the freezer.

Household Uses for Stale Bread

Stale white bread works best, but feel free to experiment with other varieties.

Make a poultice. Soaking a piece of bread in hot milk is a renowned folk remedy for bringing an unripe boil or pimple to a head. Press the excess liquid from the bread, spread it over the affected area, and cover with a clean cloth. Remove when the bread poultice gets cold. Repeat as necessary.

Remove splinters and stings. Soak a piece of bread in cool milk, press out the milk, and apply the bread to the affected area, and bind it with a band-aid or a piece of duct tape for a few hours or overnight.

Prevent tears while cutting onions. Spear a piece of stale bread with your knife and slide it up to the end of the blade near the handle.The bread absorbs most of the “vapors.”

Collect slivers of broken glass. Reach for a chunk of soft bread after you’ve swept and vacuumed the big shards of a broken glass, and use it to pat down the area to collect those tiny slivers that remain. Wear rubber gloves; dispose of the bread in the trash when you’ve finished.

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Clean a coffee grinder. Pinch off a three or four small pieces of stale bread, grind them up in your grinder, dump the crumbs, and wipe the inside of the grinder clean.

Clean oily fingerprints from photos. Ball up a slice of stale bread and swipe gently.

Smudges, crayon, or pencil marks from walls. In a pinch, a ball of stale bread can work. Rub gently—one direction only.

Butter corn on the cob Spread butter on a slice of bread and rub or  wrap it around the steaming hot cob. No mess, no wasted butter.

Soften brown sugar, cookies, and other baked goods. Just add a slice of bread to the sugar or baked goods and seal in a metal canister or ceramic jar.

Prevent strong cooking odors. Remove the smell (and most of the taste) from scorched food by adding a slice of bread to the pot and covering it for a few minutes. Likewise, adding a piece of bread on top of broccoli, cabbage, or other strong veggies as they steam will keep the odors from escaping into the kitchen air.

Remove grease. When cooking greasy foods, add a chunk or two of bread to the pan or boiler pan to absorb the grease.

Do you have any other uses that you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments below!

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"Living Naturally" is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that's good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, and ideas to make your home a healthy, safe haven. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it's re-learning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better healthier lives.

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stale bread

Dry, crumb in blender or food processor. Dry again. Don't toast. Crumb again. Repeat till it is like flour. Use as coating for chicken instead of flour.

Uses for stale bread

I break up my stale bread and put it in the freezer. I use it when I make stuffing or need bread crumbs for topping a casserole..

stale bread

I learned from my mother,to toast stale bread slices, and then grind them for use as breading. spiced can be added as needed.

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you forgot the #1 and best use


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Please remember to feed the birds.

household uses for stale bread

When I was growing up my mom and my grandma used to put the stale or not fresh bread in the bottom of the bowl of fried potatoes to soak up the grease.

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I bury stale bread in my vegeatable garden, enriches the soil

Stale Bread that is not moldy

Toast bread that does not have mold on it then turn it into bread crumbs. Another alternative is to lightly cover in seasoned melted butter, cut into cubes and toast for croutons.

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The comments submitted by Sierra is what I always do with leftover bread plus throw to the burds

Use with brown sugar...

You can also use a slice of fresh bread in brown sugar to keep it moist. Also, if it has already hardened, it can soften it up again.


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