Here's How To Use Up Stale Bread, According To Nigella Lawson

British cook, television personality, and cookbook author Nigella Lawson is not only the queen of creating deliciously decadent food, but she doesn't make us feel guilty about enjoying it. Lawson also knows a thing or two about how to make the most of her ingredients. She is constantly providing us with tips on what to substitute for fresh coriander or sharing a secret, albeit savory, ingredient with us to make our brownies even more irresistibly perfect. Lawson's latest tip, which she shared via Twitter, is one that is not only practical but also has our taste buds kicking into overdrive. 

Bread is one of those food items that is either gobbled up quickly sending you to the market for a new loaf, or it goes stale and you wind up taking a glorious outing to the park to feed the ducks. Not to rob the ducks of their special treat, because, they have to eat too, but Lawson took to social media to share there is something yummy you can do with that dry, hard bread that not only ensures you are not wasting food and money but will leave you completely satiated.

Stale bread makes good panzanella

Nigella Lawson revealed in a tweet that one of her favorite ways to use up stale bread is to make a salad with it, but not just any salad. The "Nigella Bites" star wrote, "#RecipeOfTheDay is for one of my favourite ways (in truth, they are legion) of using up stale bread: Panzanella, a hearty Tuscan bread and tomato salad, which I make all through summer, and regularly besides," and she included a link to her personal recipe for panzanella.

In the recipe, Lawson explains that this whimsical-sounding salad that uses bread and tomatoes as its primary ingredients is soaked in a garlic, sugar, oil, and vinegar concoction, preferrably overnight, so that the ingredients can absorb those liquids and soften up that chewy bread. It definitely makes for a tangy bite.

But as Lawson noted, there are "legions" of ways to use up stale bread. The domestic goddess shared, not too long ago, via her own website that you can also use stale bread to make bread crumbs. "The thing to do is make breadcrumbs with stale bread whenever it's to hand," Lawson wrote. "Stash the breadcrumbs in airtight bags in the deep freeze and use whenever needed, without thawing first." She also uses them to make her delish and comforting spaghetti with lemon, garlic and breadcrumbs, which she mentioned is also vegan, according to her Instagram post. All of these options sound pretty good to us.