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  • Most Wasted Ingredients

    Bread

    Bread

    Bread is one of Australia’s most wasted kitchen foods. As the basis of many day-to-day meals and with a limited used-by date, it’s easy to see why. A little knowledge and determination to avoid waste is all you need to help reduce how much bread you throw out in your household:

    Store |

    Bread is best stored at room temperature in a cool spot on your benchtop. While a ceramic breadbin is ideal, for those that don’t have one, keep your bread wrapped in a paper bag and tea-towel or in its original plastic if it’s store-bought and pre-sliced.

    Bread stored in the fridge is likely to stale it faster than other methods, so if you’re not able to finish your bread or want to keep it for later, the freezer is a great option. Freeze bread in a thick plastic bag and remember to slice before freezing as it can be difficult to cut upon thawing.

    Cook |

    • Breadcrumbs – a simple but incredibly versatile ingredient, blend or hand-crumb loaves, rolls or slices for use in anything from schnitzel batter to pasta dishes or crisping up a sheppard’s pie.
    • Croutons – cut up your bread into small dice, sprinkle with olive oil, a little salt and your preferred herbs/spices, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
    • Bread and Butter Pudding – perfect winter fair, mix older bread with sultanas, eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla to reinvent bread that’s lost it’s appeal.
    • Check out the FoodWise Meal Planner for ideas of making the most of your bread. Our favourites include: Panzanella Salad, Spaghetti Aglio Olio and Egg and Chorizo Migas

    Fun Fact |

    In ancient Egypt, bread was used as a form of currency used interchangeably with money.

    Recipe Ideas |

    Have a look at the following recipes to get some great ideas on how to best use bread in your cooking: