11 September 2006

What to do with the bread crusts your kids won't eat

A while back we chatted about the problem of uneaten sandwich crusts. Krista chooses not to fight that battle with her kids, and, instead, puts the crusts to good use elsewhere:

I cut off and save the crusts BEFORE I make the sandwich. I then do cool things with the crusts:

  • I dry them out and then pulverize them in the blender for dried bread crumbs.
  • I cut them into bite-sized cubes, toss with olive oil, salt, garlic and italian seasoning, and then toast them in the oven to make croutons.
  • I toast the whole crust stick to make dippers for tomato soup or cream of chicken. Kids love dipping!

Another idea: Bread Pudding! Save the crusts in a Ziploc bag in the freezer till you have enough. (I always freeze my bread.)

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If you live near a pond, you can save them for the popular childhood pasttime of feeding the ducks!

At my daughter's childcare, they rolled them into snails...the kids loved it and would eat them right up!

I also do this with the heels from every loaf -- nobody wants to eat them, so I throw them in a big Ziploc in the freezer. When the bag's full, it's bread pudding time!

You could probably disguise them as french toast sticks depending on the bread....

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