If bread could talk, I’d say that they would gather around on a Thursday afternoon and talk about how they have all been personally victimised by Regina George ‘humans’ in their lifetime. From the fact that our bakeries and grocery stores continuously churn them out like there’s no tomorrow; us buying loafs “just ‘cos its a staple” – only to then trash them a couple of days later because they got a tad dry, ‘stale’ or hard, from either incorrect storing or our preference for ‘fresh’ sourdough to be served at dinner. Even when they are donated to food rescue charities, they get rejected based on the abundance in volumes and the fact that you can’t just serve bread on its own!
Life is hard when you are the Normal Nancy of foods… According to food waste movement heros OzHarvest, we waste a shit-tonne of bread that “could fill up several landfills.” Across the pond, bread is THE most wasted food with 24 million slices of bread thrown out every day in the UK alone!
But “what can we do” you ask?? Save some dough (I had to) while giving your stale, day(s) old bread, some love by transforming them into trusty portions of breadcrumbs. It’s as simple as cutting your bread into smaller chucks, and throwing ’em into a blender! You can even freeze them in a sealed container/sealed bag up to six months! May they live another day when you whip up a fab meal that is not restricted to making ‘sangers!
Take the crumbs out anytime you’re frying anything for extra crunch! Here’s a quick lowdown on the classic Chicken Schnitty for 2 (inspired by serious eats):
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Scrumptious (zero-waste) bread crumbs
- 2 chicken fillets (pound & remove trimmings)
- Flour spread on plate for dusting
- 1 egg (beaten) on plate
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Salt & Pepper
- vegetable oil (if frying)
WHAT TO DO
(Press on slideshow for steps!)
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