Thursday, February 19, 2009
Five ways to stretch bread
- Save the heels in the freezer until you accumulate enough and turn them into a big batch of french toast. It may not be gourmet, but it still tastes good and fills hungry bellies.
- Make a triple-decker sandwich with the heel being the center slice. The guys in your life will thank you. They say the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach. "They" knew about triple-decker sandwiches.
- Croutons - These are just pieces of hardened bread, so why not use the firm bread you already have on hand? There are numerous recipes online, so search a site like Allrecipes.com and look for a recipe you like.
- Cut into strips and top with garlic butter (softened butter mixed with crushed garlic.) Then broil for just a few to make homemade bread sticks.
- Use your food-processor and turn the ends into bread crumbs for meatloaf or meatballs.
Friday's Frugal Tip of the Day: Before you throw away the ends of the bread loaf, be creative and see what else you can do with it.
What are your ideas? If you use those last bits of bread, what do you do with it? If you still want to save even more on bread, read this post.
Another thing I do is to turn the heel backward when making PB&J or grilled cheese. (Those sandwich fillings have a sticky factor that helps this go mostly undetected.) My kids didn't notice the crusty side on the inside of their sandwiches at first. Now that they do know, they don't really mind.
Microwave Bread Pudding
2 Cups milk
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 t cinnamon
3 Cups soft bread cubes
1 Tablespoon butter
Combine everything except the bread and butter in a microwave-safe casserole. Stir in bread cubes. Dot with butter. Microwave 26-28 minutes until almost set in center.* Let stand 5 minutes before serving, or put in fridge. Enjoy!
*Of course, you'll want to adjust for your own microwave. The center will set after you remove it by residual cooking!
The other idea that we have that we sometimes do is we save the heals, then go to the park and feed the birds. Not very frugal but my boys love doing that!
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