Saving on breads and grains

Full-frame picture of a variety of breadsBuy breads on sale, shop at bakery outlets, or check out the day-old bread bins at your grocery store to save a third to half the price.  You’ll probably find the best choices in the morning, when the breads are first marked down.  To store bread for later, use your freezer.  Wrapped bread will keep for up to three months.  Defrosting will take a few hours, but you can wrap it in foil and warm it in a preheated oven to thaw it more quickly.  If your bread is starting to get stale, enjoy it as toast or use it for croutons.  Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, cut stale bread into half-inch cubes, and spread the cubes on the baking sheet in a single layer.  Toast them at 350° for 10-15 minutes, turning them half-way through.  Or sauté the cubes in a small amount of butter on your stove top.  Day-old breads can be a great, tasty buy!

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