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Love your leftovers challenge week 3: Get ready to transform your leftover bread 🍞

Bread is one of the top 6 items of food with the highest waste volume in Victoria, and the third highest contributor to climate change, after dairy and meat. For every loaf we eat, half a loaf is thrown away.

Leftover ideas 🍞

Melbourne-based cook and author Julia Busuttil Nishimura breathes new life into stale bread with her Orecchiette with cime di rapa and pangrattato recipe.

You can also use stale bread to make delicious desserts. Here are some ideas:

Reusing bread crusts 🥪

If you have picky eaters at home who prefer not to have crusts on their sandwiches, don’t throw them away. Repurpose those crusts into:

  • Bread crumb coating. Simply grind the bread crusts in a food processor until they are fine crumbs, then use them to coat your favourite foods.
  • Easy, crunchy croutons. Place squares of leftover crust in a frying pan and drizzle with oil, then fry over gentle heat until croutons are crisp.

For more tips to reduce your food waste at home, visit

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