Nothing is more frustrating than poking inside a bakery bag and having your finger rebound off the rock solid crust of a once-soft dinner roll… #Stale.

Or opening the freezer door to find that Great-Aunt Jan’s homemade cinnamon bagels have taken the shriveled, icy resemblance of their baker (sorry, Janny)… #FreezerBurn.

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At this moment, you may feel inclined to silently curse and aggressively take those once spongy, but now dry and brittle, bricks straight to their home — the bottom of the dumpster.

Catharsis feels great. Until reality sinks in…wasted food, wasted time, wasted money. Well, wake up, because those dried out bread-y goods are anything but trash. Defrost the bread or bagels if they are frozen (there are several methods for doing so). Then choose your ressusetation method.

1. French Toast

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Great for: sweet breads, sandwich breads, and english muffins

Soaking the bread in a creamy egg batter will restore moisture while adding delicious flavor and sustainable protein. So much more satisfying than Wheaties for breakfast. Go for a basic French Toast recipe, or spruce it up with unique bread-complimenting flavors.

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Exhibit A: Substitute cranberry english muffins, cinnamon and allspice, orange zest, and a splash of orange juice. Your mother and your friends will be deceived by a fancy AF brunch. No need to confess the origin of your ingredients.

2. Breakfast Scramble

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Great for: crumbly cornbread, savory/wheaty breads, Texas toast

Let the bread and egg batter unite into a mouth watering, texturized breakfast of champions. Simply crumble the bread into your normal scrambled eggs recipe. For added impressiveness, experiment with meat and veggie mix-ins (or yesterday’s leftovers).

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3. Casserole

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Great for: any dried-out or stale breads

With casseroles, the opportunities are endless. You really can’t go wrong. So tear up your shriveled breading pieces, throw them in a baking dish, choose your sauce, a few mix-ins and pop it in the oven. Easy, refurbished, delicious. Consider these options: Savory Broccoli and Goat Cheese Strata, BEC Bagel Casserole, or Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.

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Dive in, salvage those stale or freezer burnt rolls, and resurrect their moisture into masterpiece of tasty wonder.

#SpoonTip: “Freezer burnt” doesn’t mean the food is spoiled or unsafe to eat, it’s just a little dehydrated. Stale bread is also safe to eat. But if you see anything resembling dryer lint, please don’t butter my muffin. 

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