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Kaylor: Saving some bread

By Staff | Mar 13, 2015

Using day-old bread can help you stretch your food dollars. Some bakeries offer day-old bread at discounted prices. You might buy a few loaves because you found a great deal;

unfortunately, you might get tired of it before you use all of it. What can you do with it?

If you leave bread too long on your countertop, it can become moldy or stale. If you store bread in your refrigerator, it does not mold as quickly but it becomes stale. Moldy bread must be thrown away, but stale bread can be toasted or heated another way and used in recipes. Breads can be frozen, which slows the rate at which it stales.

Bread can be used in a variety of recipes, and it is a good source of carbohydrate, which fuels our body. Bread provides B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid, and the mineral iron. Whole-grain bread is a good source of fiber, so strive to make half of your grain food choices whole grains.

Don’t pass up a

bargain on bread

Try a variety of breads, including heart-healthy whole-grain bread. Consider these options for using bread:

Freeze the bread – Label the package with the date you froze it. Usually, bread will remain at high quality for about three months in your freezer.

  • Make croutons or bread crumbs – Simply cut the bread in cubes or tear in small pieces, and bake at 350 degrees until it is dry and brittle. To make crumbs, use a rolling pin to crush the bread to the desired size. You can add your favorite salt-free seasonings such as garlic powder or dried herbs.
  • Use bread as a meat extender – Some recipes call for soft bread crumbs and others call for toasted cubes. Add the bread crumbs to ground beef to make meat loaf or meatballs. Top casseroles with toasted bread crumbs for a little crunch.
  • Try making recipes with day-old bread. These are some ideas:

French toast

Egg bake

Bread pudding


Grilled cheese sandwiches

Egg salad on toast

Garlic toast

Check out www.ag.ndsu.edu/foodwise for more ways to save money on food.

Here is a delicious way to use day-old bread.

Cinnamon French Toast

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

tsp. nutmeg

4 eggs

c. fat-free milk

tsp. vanilla

8 slices white or whole-grain bread

Nonstick cooking spray

Toppings of choice (maple syrup, sliced bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc.)

Mix together sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine thoroughly with a whisk or rotary beater. Preheat the griddle or large fry pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Dip the bread in the egg mixture. Fry the French toast until light brown, then flip the slices and cook the other side. Serve immediately with

favorite toppings.

Makes four servings, two slices per serving. Without added toppings, each serving has 240 calories, 7 grams (g) fat, 14 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber and 340 milligrams sodium.

From NDSU Extension Service Food Wise Julie Garden-Robinson, Food & Nutrition Specialist

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