Sometimes, you wind up with more bread than you can eat before it goes stale. If this happens, don’t despair—you’re in luck! Here are some ways to transform stale bread into useful ingredients or a tasty snack.

Make Bread Crumbs

Bread crumbs add a crunchy coating to recipes such as our Crispy Baked Cod and make meatballs (like our Pesto Turkey version) extra-tender. Here’s how to make them:

Remove crust and tear bread into 1-inch pieces. Pulse bread in food processor until coarsely ground, 15 to 20 one-second pulses. Spread bread crumbs on rimmed baking sheet and bake in 300-degree oven until dry but not browned, 5 to 10 minutes (ask an adult for help). Cooled bread crumbs can be stored in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Turn It Into Croutons

Sprinkle croutons on salads and soups to add crunchy texture. Here’s how to make them:

Cut bread into ½- to ¾-inch cubes and toss with olive oil and a little salt. Spread cubes on rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 350-degree oven until crisp and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes (ask an adult for help). Cooled croutons can be stored in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Make It Your Way: Fancy Toast

Toasting slices of bread is one way to reverse the effects of staling. Top your toast with your favorite ingredients for an easy, delicious snack. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Ricotta cheese, sliced tomatoes, and torn fresh basil
  • Jam, cheddar cheese, and apple slices
  • Chocolate-hazelnut spread and sliced banana
  • Mashed avocado, lime juice, and fresh cilantro leaves
  • Hummus and cucumber slices
  • Cream cheese, raspberries, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries