How to waste less bread

Bread is one of foods we waste most in the UK.

1 million loaves are thrown away in UK homes – every day!

How to store bread properly

In a cool, dark and dry place, like a bread bin or cupboard, in its original packaging. Clean your bread bin or cupboard regularly to get rid of mould spores.

Beyond ‘best before’

Most bread and bakery products can be eaten up to a week after the best before date. Check it for mould and don’t eat it if any is present. It’s a good idea to clean your bread bin or cupboard to get rid of mould spores.

Can you freeze it?

Yes! Frozen sliced bread can go straight into the toaster. You can also prepare a whole loaf-load of sandwiches for the family in one go and freeze them in individual containers. Most fillings freeze well, apart from salad and tomatoes.

Ways of using up stale bread

  1. Freshen stale bread by putting it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  2. Rehydrate dry loaves, bagels and pittas by sprinkling them with some water and putting them in a hot oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Stale bread still makes a great toastie. Butter or oil the sides, place on the pan or grill and cook until golden brown.
  4. Make ‘pizza’! Slice bread and spread it with pesto or a mix of tomato puree and olive oil. Grated cheese, sliced mushrooms and onion make great toppings, and add a few herbs and spices to give it some flavour! Put in the oven for 10 minutes or grill until done.
  5. Blend stale bread into breadcrumbs to make breadcrumbs for stuffing, as a topping for crumble and pasta bakes, or as a coating for meat, fish, or vegetables (in combination with an egg or oil). Breadcrumbs can be frozen and used straight from the freezer.

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