10 Uses for Those Unloved Bread Ends

Whether you make your own bread or you buy store bought bread, when the loaf is done there are usually two ends (or heals) left. Nobody wants to eat them. They are unloved. What do you do with them? Throw them in the trash? Don't waste them. There are so many other things you can do with them.

  1. Feed the birds. You can throw them out in your yard, take them to the park, or carry them to your favorite duck pond.
  2. Compost them.
  3. Make fresh bread crumbs from them.
  4. Use them in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or in a grilled cheese. Nobody really wants to eat the bread ends, but sometimes, if I'm running low on the inside slices of bread, I'll put the crust side of the bread end inside a pb&j; or grilled cheese. Because these sandwiches don't fall apart too easily, my kids won't notice they're eating the bread end. I make sure my husband doesn't get the bread end sandwich - he'd notice.
  5. Keep it in a bread bag in the freezer and keep adding more until you have enough to make one of those overnight french toast casseroles, bread pudding or an egg strata.
  6. Put them beneath your meat loaf in your loaf pan before you cook it. The bread will soak up some of the grease.
  7. Place a bread end over the stuffing inside your turkey or chicken right inside the cavity. It will help keep the stuffing inside from drying out.
  8. Put two bread ends in a blender or food processor and blend. Add some parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, perhaps a little garlic, and top a casserole with the mixture.
  9. Put hardened brown sugar into a container and place a bread end over it. The brown sugar will absorb the moisture from the bread and soften.
  10. Put them in the container with homemade cookies to keep the cookies from drying out. Just like the brown sugar, the cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread (because the cookies are more dense, if the bread was more dense, it would suck the moisture from the cookies).