Can you Save a Slice or two?
Toast, sandwich, bread crumb topping, bread and butter pudding, croissant, pitta, naan…there’s a massive range of choice to satisfy every taste bud. Our love of bread has given rise to positive sayings including ‘use your loaf’ and ‘best thing since sliced bread’ but not all bread feels our love. A staggering 24 million slices are thrown away from our homes every day in the UK. Based on the size of the loaf you buy how many loaves would that be?
A survey in 2011 for Love Food Hate Waste found that most people don’t plan or monitor their bread shopping, a bad habit kicks in and we tend to buy the same amount every week because we just don’t want to run out. Bread tops the charts to be number 1 in the most thrown away category but in the race to stop the mould moving in and going stale what can we do?
There are lots of ideas out there to keep Slice out of a bin. You can look at our web articles (keep scrolling…), search the web for tips and ideas and share the things you do to Save a Slice
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If you use your loaf and can’t wait for new ideas or a few more facts and figures have a look at the general ideas and tips in our reduce food waste section.
A few tips from Slice
- In the meantime here are a few quick and easy things you can do to save Slice
- Buy less bread if you always throw it away – try a small loaf or just 1 instead of 2
- Take your bread out of the fridge – in the fridge it goes stale 6 times faster
- Give freezing bread a try if you don’t already do it, seal slices in a freezer bag or a bread bag held tightly together to stop air getting in. You can toast it straight from frozen, no need to defrost it first
- Take another look at the ends of the bread, perhaps it tastes better than you thought – especially in bread pudding!
- Make breadcrumbs in a food processor and use in recipes like crispy chicken skewers, fillet of fish (in breadcrumbs) or courgette bake topped with breadcrumbs and cheese.