Use your loaf
From sliced bread to bagels, Love Food Hate Waste has lots of top tips for making the most of all your bakery products.
Most bakery products have a ‘best before’ date - these dates refer to quality, so your bakery products can still be eaten after this date, but may no longer be at their best.
Sliced breads, pitta breads, crumpets, bagels and hot cross buns are all are great for freezing and can be toasted straight from frozen as and when you like
Make slightly stale bread and leftover bread crusts into breadcrumbs by whizzing up in a food processor, and store in the freezer to use later in bread sauces, savoury crumbles or as a coating for chicken or fish
Use up leftover croissants and muffins to make a traditional bread and butter pudding with a twist
Freeze leftover cake in slices; defrost slice by slice for a tasty treat – or if you have a whole cake to freeze, wrap in a layer of plastic wrap, then in a layer of foil, and freeze for up to one month
Storing bread in the fridge can make it go stale quicker. The best place to store bread is in a cool, dark and dry place, your bread bin or store cupboard is perfect
To freshen up a day old loaf, hold it very briefly under a running cold tap. Give it a good shake and pop in a hot oven for about 10 minutes; it will be as soft and crusty as freshly baked bread
Spread the crusts from a loaf with garlic butter, and toast under the grill, cut into fingers and serve for a quick and easy snack