Thursday, December 10, 2009

Getting the Most Out of Our Daily Bread

By: Glynis M. Belec

Maybe those last three slices of bread in the cupboard have gone stale. Perhaps you made too much toast for breakfast. Can't resist the day old bread bargain at the store? Don't know what to do with the excess? Here are a few ideas before you toss all the crumbs to our fine-feathered friends.

* So you left the rice cooking a little too long and now it's scorched. Place a slice of white bread in the pot on top of the rice while it is still hot then replace the lid. Wait five or so minutes. Remove the bread slice. The burned taste will be gone.

* Speaking of rice, if there is a little extra moisture in a pot of rice, remove it from the heat and place a piece of bread on top of the rice. Cover the pot. In a few minutes, the water should disappear.

* If you have leftover toast, don't toss it. Pop it into a freezer tight container and use for making dressing. You can either break up the toast immediately or do it when you make the dressing. Don't forget to label the container.

* Slightly stale bread is perfect for bread pudding. Butter about seven slices of the stale bread and line the bottom and sides of a buttered baking pan. Mix about a quart of milk, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of raisins, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. If you like, add more buttered bread, but make sure it is submerged in the milk mixture. Cook at 350 degrees for about half an hour covered and then uncover it and bake for another half-hour.

* If your marshmallows have gone stale, place a couple of slices of fresh white bread into the bag and then seal it. Leave it for a couple of days and then remove the bread and enjoy the soft marshmallows!

* Do you love cabbage and brussel sprouts but hate the smell when they are cooking? Put a piece of white bread on top of the lid as the vegetables cook. It will absorb a lot of the odor.

* Does your smoke alarm sound when you are broiling meat in the oven? Stop the billowing smoke and splashing grease by placing two or three slices of bread in the drip pan. The bread will absorb the grease, decrease the smoke and lower the chance of the grease catching fire in the oven.

* Remove most dirty or greasy fingerprints from wallpapered walls by cutting off the crusts of a slice of white bread and rubbing the affected area.

* Put two slices of bread in the container of chocolate chip cookies and it will keep them fresher for days.

* If your brown sugar is hard, place a piece of bread in the container and in a few hours the brown sugar will return to its original softness.

* Use the end crust or heel as a spoon rest.

* Wad a couple of white pieces of bread into a ball and use as a sink stopper if you are desperate.

* Soak a piece of stale bread in vinegar and tape it over a bothersome callus or corn overnight. The corn will disappear.

* Attach a slice of bread using toothpicks to the side of a cut edge of cake. It will stop the cake from drying out.

* Buy bread on the day old shelf or use up your old bread to make croutons. Cube the bread. Spray with vegetable oil and then sprinkle with Italian or other seasonings. Package in an airtight container.

* Thread a cube of bread on the handle of a knife before chopping onions. This will absorb some of the odor and eliminate some of the tears.

* Hold a piece of bread in your mouth (between your teeth with the bread hanging out) as you chop onions. This will help absorb the odor and prevent tearing.

* Got a smudge on a suede purse or shoes? Take a piece of white bread. Rub the affected area gently with the bread. You might need a second slice to finish the job.

* Picking up tiny slivers of glass if you don't have a broom and dustpan handy can be easily done using a slice of bread. Press the bread over the area where the glass is. Be careful as you pick up the bread and then toss it in the garbage can.

* Dust your oil paintings by gently rubbing the surface with a piece of white bread.

* Before you toss out excess stale bread, try one of these tips or see if you can come up with additional ways to use it.

Note from Lucy: Wow! I had no idea you could do so much with a piece of I hope you find something that will be of use to you...


At 5:16 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Well who would have thought that Bread was such a miraculous food! Amazing hints, Lucy, and ir seems Bread is good for just about abything! Thanks for this!

At 7:20 AM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

Who would have thought of so many uses for old bread. I do some of them but I really want to try the one with marshmallows. It seems by the time the grand kids are here the marshmallows are all dried out.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

I learned the lesson about bread when I packed my own lunch for a truck driving job to Wichita. I threw 4 Oreo cookies in the baggie with my sandwich. After two hours the bread had turned as hard as dry toast and the oreo's were too soggy to eat or even pick up for that matter.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I had never heard these hints. My mother baked her bread, so do I but I make whole grain bread. I wonder if it will work the same as white bread...

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Great tips, Lucy. I use any leftover bread to make bread crumbs, but it looks like I've been pretty boring.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Putz said...


At 3:18 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Hi Lucy -- I say to make French toast. This is a nice title for your post.

Did you know that the French call it 'lost bread?' Call it pain perdu.

We keep our bread for ages in the fridge.

At 5:51 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

OK, but once it gets moldy, it's best to throw it out, right? At least that's what I was told when I was a young, single man keeping house.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Who knew bread could be THAT useful?
I'm craving bread pudding all of a sudden.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Healthy New Year to you and your family and loved ones!!!
Sprinkle, sprinkle... that's some of my magic fairy dust to ensure your holiday season is superb!
God bless you, Lucy!!!

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I had heard some of these, but I have sure learned a lot Lucy, about the many uses for bread! I like the idea of using the heel for a spoon rest! Neat idea!


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