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Over the last two years, the boys have tackled wonky veg and use-by dates in an effort to reduce the amount of food we chuck away. But still, in Britain we throw out 10 million tonnes for food every year – 60% of which could be avoided.

For instance, every single day we waste a whopping 24 million slices of bread. That’s a lot! So we’re sharing some canny ways to use stale bread, as well as four delicious recipes that use bread so you can save it from being wasted. Enjoy!

Extra crust

This is one of the oldest secrets in the bread-baking book. Instead of flour, use fine stale breadcrumbs to dust the baking tray before adding your dough. It stops it sticking and gives you double the crunch.

Herby crust-topper

Whiz-up hard crusts into a fine crumb, spread on a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and your favourite herbs, then toast under the grill until golden. Sprinkle over salads, pastas, soups, risottos or stews for beautiful seasoning and texture.

Burgers and meatloaf

Blitz old bread and use in meatloaf and burger recipes to make them lighter and also stretch the expensive ingredients further. Again, flavour your breadcrumbs with herbs and spices for an extra flavour kick.


Slice or roughly tear leftover bread into small chunks and fry in a little butter for perfectly crispy croutons. Add to soups or even scatter over baked artichokes. The texture surprises your mouth and your brain, and makes you taste your food even more. Simply toss with smashed-up herbs, garlic, spice or chilli before you toast them, for even more impact.


This Tuscan soup is delicious. Roasted fresh cherry tomatoes are great, but it also works really well just with good-quality tinned.

A Sunday roast classic – bread sauce works best with day-old bread, so that it soaks up all the lovely flavour from the studded onion and milk.

You can make this hearty bread and tomato salad with any type of slightly stale bread. The crunchy chunks soak up all the juices and olive oil and become little flavour-bombs!

The breadcrumbs really take this pasta bake to the next level. The added beauty of this dish is you can freeze any leftovers, ready for another day when you’re short on time.

Check out all our recipes for leftovers and turn extra food into something delicious!