Bread can often go stale before you get a chance to eat it all. If you see patches of mould growing on the surface it is a good sign that the bread is no-longer edible and should be thrown away or composted. If on the other hand it is just gone hard it is still perfectly edible and there are many things you can do with it. I have found in some houses the crusts of the bread are ignored as food and left to go off in the bread bag. To avoid wasting this it can be frozen and used at a later date as any of the following -
On of the easiest things you can make are croutons. Simply cut the bread into squares anywhere between 1-3cm big. Place the bread squares in a frying pan with a little oil, a clove of garlic (finely chopped) and fry on both sides until crispy. Serve on the top of soup.
Bread Crumb Topping
If you have a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar break up a slice of bread into a few pieces and grind it up for a few seconds (longer for the pestle and mortar). You can then use the breadcrumbs on top of gratins, savoury crumbles, in burger mixes and in stuffing mixes for both meat and vegetable dishes.
Bread pudding is a really simple way of using up all your stale bread. It was a firm favourite when Andy and I were growing up, my mother would serve it to us warmed up with a bit of cold milk or custard – delicious!