If you're anything like me, you've probably thrown out a lot of bread in your life, only because you can't ever seem to make enough sandwiches in the short period of time you have before your bread gets moldy. Luckily, there are some good hacks to help you utilize your leftover slices — and they're in the form of some very unique recipes you can make with bread that will use up your entire loaf and give you something to eat that isn't another sandwich. Never again will you need to throw away loaves of half-eaten bread because they're growing mold or getting stale — that time is over. You're welcome.
Not only does using your leftover bread in other recipes help you open yourself up to making some new, delicious meals, it's actually a great way to combat food waste. According to Toast Ale, a UK-based brand that literally brews beer with surplus bread, around 24 million slices of bread are wasted per day. Considering how much most people love bread, it's kind of shocking that so much of it can go to waste.
But, part of being more resourceful is being informed. So, let us open our minds and rethink bread as we know it, for bread can be much more than a vehicle for peanut butter and jelly, or deli meat — it can be incorporated into a dessert, a casserole, a soup, and more. Here are eight recipes starring your new favorite ingredient — bread.