drying bread

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Hi All,

I have been trying to dry bread, and have had luck with it. I just cut the bread into little squares for soup and chillie. Put in a slow oven of 150 or less and let dry till hard. Bag and dry more.

I also dry whole slices to use as Melba toast. Dipped into soup, with cheese spread on it is nice. I buy the bread at the Bread Store (the outlet kind) and get it for 39 cents a loaf. This is a cheep item to add to preps. and easy to do. Hope someone can use the info.


-- Beth Craig (craig@icu2.net), October 25, 1999



I am going to try breaking up Jiffy Mix Corn Bread Mix after making corn bread and Jiffy Biscuit Mix after making, dry these and make dressing mix by just having the right herbs and turkey broath, or chicken broath canned.


-- Beth Craig (craig@icu2.net), October 25, 1999.

Beth, Any idea how long this stays edible? How are you packaging it? Also, I wonder what happens to the nutrients? thanks

-- (rcarver@inacom.com), October 25, 1999.

I have had bread dried for around 2 months now and no sign of mold. You buy dry melba toast and croutons at the store, also dressing mix. I am hopeing it will keep as long as I keep it dry. It is not going to be a large investment, I use only cheep bread or bread that is already stale. There is always cornbread left over, and I love it broke up in milk. (some people like it in buttermilk and you could use the powder.) I don't know about the nutrients, but some of them should be okay.

This could be added to broath and used as a cheep dog food for a loved pet also. Add some grain to it to give it some nourishment for the animal. rehydrate with water to feed to stock (pigs) I know that you can ask for old bread at these bread stores for feed or dogs and get it for 10 cents a pound!

I have a very small budget, but do what I can and any more ideas on cheep drying would be helpful.


-- Beth (Craig@icu2.net), October 25, 1999.

Oh sorry, I forgot to say that I put it up in the old zip lock bags, It is all I have access to, so that is what I use.

-- Beth (craig@icu2.net), October 25, 1999.

I bake my own bread and there is always a small piece left over that no one will eat. I used to feed it to the chickens, but now I just put it in the food processor and make bread crumbs. Then I put it in the dehydrator for about two or three hours and I have bread crumbs. I store it in a plastic container. I just used some that I had stored about three months ago and it was fine. It's a nice touch to soups too. I have also used it in meat loaf.

-- Penda Zone (PendaZ@excite.com), October 25, 1999.

I cube my leftover homemade bread and use it for bread puddings. Also dried bread cumbs make a great coating for chicken and other meats. Here is a tip that my grandmother used a lot. When frying potatoes, toss in some cornmeal with the potatoes, makes great fried potatoes.

-- Carol (glear@usa.net), October 28, 1999.

I save the crusts that are left over from our bread. I just leave it on the counter for a couple of days. When it is hard I put it in a bag until I have a bagfull. When I have enough I crumb it in the blender and add dried onions, herbs, salt and pepper. I store it in a large ziploc, and it keeps forever. That is my stuffing mix. I use it as stuffing or crumbs in meatloaf etc. It makes a great coating for oven baked chicken. I even use it instead of potatoes for a change. This mix saves me buying stuffing mix or Shake N Bake.

-- Kath (wingy@sprint.ca), October 29, 1999.

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