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Australia’s bread tastes are changing. More consumers have started to switch to artisanal varieties, which makes up 14.7% of the bread and bakery items being bought. Sadly, bread continues to be one of the most wasted food items.  It's time to change that. Check out our tips on buying, storing, and cooking bread to become a zero food waste hero.


  • Find a good baker and buy artisan loaves: fresh lasts longer than commercial.
  • Check for mould between bread slices. 
  • If old bread is cheaper or going to be thrown away consider rescuing it and making the recipe below.


  • Fold on the cut ends in a paper bag, slice and freeze.
  • Flatbreads should be used immediately or sealed in plastic removing all air and freezing.


Breakfast French toast

Makes up to 2 large serves

Upcycle the last of your eggs and close-to-stale bread into this cafe style breakfast. Serve with fresh fruit or yummy jams.


Breakfast French toast step 1

Step 1: Preheat the pan and add 2 tbsp of butter.

Breakfast French toast step 2

Step 2: Mix 4 to 5 large eggs, a dash of preferred milk and ½ tsp of ground cinnamon.

Breakfast French toast step 3

Step 3: Soak 5 slices of old bread to the mixture until fully wet.

Breakfast French toast step 4

Step 4: Fry in the pan until brown on both sides.

Breakfast French toast hero

Let it cool down slightly, and consider serving with leftover berry oven jam or homemade condensed milk.



Best eaten fresh, but can be stored in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Freezing is not recommended.

Zero waste tip

Turn excess French toast into a French toast casserole - a bread and butter pudding-esque dessert. Cut French toast into cubes and spread evenly on an ovenproof dish. Whisk an egg and a dash of milk. Dot with a bit of butter and sprinkle of brown sugar. Bake in a 170°C oven for 10 minutes or until the top turns golden.

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Page last updated: 11 Feb 2022