Rather than chucking unwanted bread into the trash, there’s a very simple method of transforming it into a tasty snack. Bread crusts can be mixed with olive oil, grated cheese, and thyme before being baked to create breadsticks, details Food Network. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a cheap accompaniment to a simple Caesar salad, the baked bread crusts can be chopped into pieces to become croutons.
There are some big benefits from being innovative with bread. As well as being a great way to make the most of grocery store expenditure, reusing bread crusts helps to protect the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 81% of unwanted food ends up in a landfill or is incinerated, so anything done to avoid waste is useful in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
If breadsticks or croutons aren’t your favorites, there are other ways to use up unloved bread. Even stale bread can be used to help your finances and the planet, with French toast, bread pudding, and breadcrumbs all being viable options.