Oh, the joy of bringing home a fresh loaf of bread -- a crispy baguette, a luscious challah, a sturdy slab of wheat. And how soon that satisfaction turns to guilt as we watch those loaves diminishing and growing stale.
But there are better options to tossing out those lingering slices. Bread has many second acts: French toast, bread pudding, croutons, bread crumbs.
Below is a helpful infographic from the Connecticut-based group Sustainable America with ideas on how to use stale bread -- and Americans need these ideas. We waste 25% of the 3 billion loaves we buy each year. The graphic looks at 10 possibilities for stale slices. All of them beat throwing your bread in the garbage.