5 ways to use up leftover crusts
Are your kids fussy eaters and won’t eat crusts? If you are throwing crusts away, over time it would be the equivalent of throwing away hundreds of loaves of bread. You wouldn’t throw money down the drain, so why throw away perfectly good food?
Since they are unlikely to be eaten as a sandwich, here are some suggestions:
In less than 30 seconds you can have seasoned breadcrumbs sitting in your freezer. Simply break the crusts into quarters, add a little oil, herbs and seasoning such as Italian herbs and some salt. Mix on speed 8 for 6 to 10 seconds then place in a ziplock bag or airtight container in your freezer to use in any recipe requiring breadcrumbs such as meatballs or meatloaf.
2.) Quiche cases
Grease muffin tins, push the crusts into the trays then pour in a quiche filling and bake. Alternatively, if you want to make a larger quiche place the crusts in the base of a quiche dish (a silicone one or line a metal one with baking paper or the quiche filling may leak out). Place one crust in the middle, then 4 others around it to form a cross. Cut 2 other crusts into triangles and push them into the remaining space in the quiche dish. Make sure it all fits snugly then pour your quiche filling over it and bake.
3.) Bread and butter pudding
Break the bread up into chunks and use any bread and butter pudding recipe you like. It takes 15 seconds to whisk together the ingredients in your Thermomix and bake it for 35 minutes with most recipes.
4.) French toast
Whisk egg, dip the bread and fry it each side then dust with icing sugar. French toast is super easy! If your fussy eaters don’t want to eat crusts, cut the crusts into strips to make French toast ‘chips’ or ‘soldiers’. It is slightly more appealing to kids plus it’s easier to hide it’s the crusts you are using.
Cut up the crusts, toss in oil and herbs, then toast in the oven. Super easy and great for Caesar salad!
If you don’t have time to do anything with them, freeze them for later and pull the crusts out when required. It’s amazing how quick all these little parts of grocery shopping and cooking can add up.