Food Waste Facts
Australians throw out $7.8 billion of food every year. We throw away one in every five shopping bags that we buy. In Australia we waste 4 million tonnes per annum of food which ends up in landfill. One way to avoid bread wastage is to use day-old bread to make croutons, French Toast, bread dumplings or panzanella. Here’s a simple breadcrumbs recipe, perfect for sprinkling on top of a salad as well as for stuffing, crumbing or thickening stews and soups.
1 loaf of day-old bread (preferably sourdough)
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat your oven to 190°C
2. Tear the bread into chunk and place into a clean bowl
3. Drizzle the bread with olive oil and toss through with the salt
4. Lay the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet
5. Bake until golden brown and crispy, approximately for 15-20 minutes
6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool
7. Using a rolling pin, crush the toasted bread into the desired consistency
*We like to keep it quite chunky to give plenty of texture to the dish the breadcrumbs are used for.