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Making the most of our bread, cakes and bakery items

Read on for some leftover recipe ideas and more...

Before you shop

  • Think about the week ahead and what bakery products you are likely to need.
  • Planning your meals and food shopping can save you money as well as food waste as you only buy what you really need - remember to write a list!

When you shop

  • If you struggle to get through a whole loaf of bread why not opt for a half loaf next time you do your shopping, most major retailers offer smaller loaves of bread.

Making the most of your bakery

  • If you are unsure of how much fresh bread your household will get through, you can store bread in the freezer, for example by putting half of the loaf in a freezer bag or suitable container to use at a later date or to take out slice by slice.
  • Hot weather turn bread mouldy faster, keep in a dark cool place – ideally in a bready bin – to help it stay fresher for longer.
  • It is not advisable to store bread in the refrigerator (except in extremely hot weather) as this will speed up the staling process.
  • Cakes and pastries are best stored in a covered box or suitable container, out of direct sunlight.

(source: Food Standards Agency)

Leftover Bread, cakes and bakery items

  • Why not try making panzanella with bread which has gone past it's best?
  • For an indulgent stickly treat try 'le pudding' which uses leftover bits of bread, cake, croissant, pain aux raisins and pain au chocolat. 
  • Turn leftover bread into breadcrumbs and freeze them to use for crumble toppings, Stuffing, thickenings for sauces, coating with egg and breadcrumbs etc.

Good for you

  • The food standards agency recommends that 33% of our energy intake as complex carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, cereals, rice and potatoes.
  • Whole meal bread is a rich source of fibre and nutrients however white bread provides more dietary calcium.

(source: Food Standards Agency)

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