Scrappy Saturday: What to Do With Stale Bread

Categories: Eat

It’s that time again - Scrappy Saturday. This is the day each month where we pop in and share some fun and simple ideas for how to use up every last scrap of food in your home and reduce the waste that you’re producing in the kitchen.

You can scroll to the bottom of this post for links to previous Scrappy Saturday posts, but today we’re chatting all about bread.

Everyone loves a fresh loaf of bread, but sometimes freshly baked bread can get stale before you have a chance to finish it off. It’s frustrating to have to throw away half of your delicious loaf, but thankfully there are a few easy ways you can use up that stale bread - and you probably already have everything you need on hand!


Today we’re sharing not one but two recipes - first up, a super simple way to turn your stale bread into croutons for your salad or soup, and secondly we’ll be sharing an (even easier) recipe for homemade breadcrumbs. Each recipe will only take you a few minutes to throw together and are both delicious ways to make sure that bread doesn’t go to waste.

Homemade Croutons



  • Loaf of stale bread

  • Preferred seasonings (if bread isn’t pre-seasoned)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 375

  2. Start by cutting your loaf of bread into bite-sized pieces.

  3. Place the croutons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then season with your desired seasonings. If you’re working with a flavored loaf (ours was garlic and rosemary), you can skip this step. Once you’ve added your seasonings, drizzle with olive oil then toss to coat.


4. Bake croutons for approximately 10 minutes, until crisp and golden. More stale bread will likely be done faster, while fresher bread may take more time. Keep an eye on your croutons as they’re baking to ensure they don’t burn.


Next up? A quick way to make homemade bread crumbs - these are perfect for coating chicken, pork, fish, or for adding some texture to a salad or pasta dish.

Homemade Bread Crumbs



  • Loaf of stale bread

  • Preferred seasonings (we recommend 1 tbsp each of garlic powder, basil, and parsley)

  1. Start by slicing your bread into thin slices. If you’re not already working with stale bread, you can toss the slices into the oven for approximately 10 minutes to crisp them up.

  2. In batches, put slices of bread into blender or food processor and break until the bread is thoroughly broken into crumbs.

  3. Add seasonings, then pulse to combine.

You can store your bread crumbs in a plastic bag or other closed container for up to a month.

Looking for more scrappy ideas? Here are our previous Scrappy Saturday posts: