Frugal Uses for Bread Heels – Don’t Throw ’em out!

By | June 11, 2011

If your kids are like mine, they won’t knowingly eat the bread heels.  If you throw them out, that is a lot of wasted bread over the course of the year.  During my internship with the student nutrition department at our local schools, I learned a neat little trick to get kids to eat the heels.  If you put the heel toward the inside of sandwich, they never know they are eating an end piece!  This works especially well on sandwiches that stick together, like grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly.

Other frugal uses for bread heels:

  • Cube and dry them for use in dressing.
  • Cut them up and use them in bread pudding.
  • Cube them and fry in a bit of butter or olive oil for homemade croutons.
  • Dry them out and pulverize them in a food processor for homemade bread crumbs.
  • Cube them and use in your favorite strata recipe.
  • Use them to make french toast.
  • Feed it to the birds or ducks.
  • If nothing else, compost it.  Worms love it!

How do you use up the ends of a loaf of bread? Feel free to share any frugal uses for bread heels in the comments.

7 thoughts on “Frugal Uses for Bread Heels – Don’t Throw ’em out!

  1. Denise

    New follower from Boost My Blog. I have never heard of bread crust called heels before. That made me laugh. I love your blog design. There’s something about the colored polka dots, too cute. I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

  2. Rachel

    As a kid my brothers and I used to fight over the heel on corn-on-the-cob nights–my mom would put a big pat of butter in the middle of the heel and then we’d pass it around, rolling our corn in the butter to butter our corn and making the most delicious scrap of bread in the process. My tummy just growled thinking about it! 🙂

  3. Ronda

    I started doing that a little while ago, it definitely helps. My kids wouldn’t even touch a sandwich with ends in the past.


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