The best thing since sliced bread? Not wasting any!
Do you love bread? Most of us love a slice of toast
in the morning or as a snack, but did you know we throw away £640
million worth of bread every year? That’s the equivalent of 37
million slices every day. New research carried out by Love Food
Hate Waste and Hovis shows how we can all take simple steps to get
more from our daily bread, and save money.
Nobody wants to run out of bread, but most of
us end up buying more than we use and throw away on average a third
of every loaf we buy.
More than half of us believe that bread is
stale three or four days after we buy it, but it can last longer
than we might expect. Blind taste tests revealed that consumers
liked Hovis bread after six days as much as after two. Your bread
is freshest up to and including on the best before date but safe to
eat even after this date. The last few slices, even if they’re
starting to stale, are perfect for toast.
There are a few easy things we can do
to get more from our bread.
Storing bread in a bread bin and re-sealing
the pack will keep it at its freshest. A popular myth is to keep it
in the fridge, but believe it or not, this means it will actually
go stale six times faster than in your bread bin/cupboard.
Only a third of us regularly freeze bread, but
those that do say they waste less. Did you know you can toast
bread, bagels, crumpets and pitta breads straight from the freezer,
or even make sandwiches from frozen bread that will defrost by
A bread & butter pudding is a traditional way of using up
leftover or slightly stale bread.
Councillor Anthony Blagg,
Worcestershire County Council, Cabinet Member with Responsibility
for Waste and Sustainability said: “I used to love my
Mother’s bread and butter pudding when I was young but never
realised she was making it to use up the leftover bread – now I
make it regularly and love the fact that even stale bread can be
used up in this way. Toasting bread straight from the freezer also
saves me a crucial few minutes in the mornings and means I always
have bread ready to eat without wasting any.”
There are lots more great ideas on
the www.lovefoodhatewaste.com website
to help you to make more of your bread, including exciting recipes
for sandwiches, saving you time and money.
Bakers are doing their bit as well, introducing a wider range of
loaf sizes to suit all, simplifying labels to make it easier to see
how to store your bread, and when to eat it by, and changing
packaging to make it easier to reseal.
This page was last reviewed 17 April 2012 at 11:17 by .