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Works For Me Wednesday- A Use for Heels of Bread

worksformewednesday.jpg I confess, until recently, I have been someone who threw away the heels of the bread. I know, I know, it is horribly wasteful. My hubby would even eat them, but just the thought was disturbing to me. I just didn’t understand why anyone would want to eat that!

Ok, so true confession. I know in my head that it is just bread, no different than any other bread. But I can’t get past the look of it. Do you think this reveals something about a deep seeded food shallowness? Is it possible I am too focused on appearance and am missing out on some great food because its looks don’t meet my standards? Doesn’t the Bible say it is what is on the inside that matters? Pray for me readers…I need some help being delivered from my food sins.

Then I had what Oprah would refer to as a lightbulb moment. What if I just didn’t have to look at the heel of the bread? What if I turned it over and the heel just disappeared? So that is precisely what I did. I made a grill cheese sandwich with the heels flipped over…and fed it to my kids. Baby steps people. Still, if my baby steps towards shallowness with food healing can help just one other mom, it will have all been worth it.

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Comments

  1. Too cute! I don’t mind the heals. Have you thought of cutting them up, drying them out, and using them for stuffing or croutons? Flipping them inside out is a great idea too! :)

  2. Grilled cheese sounds yummy right now!

  3. Great idea! I actually like the heels, but I don’t eat much bread. I made sandwiches for my husband and kids though, and I’m sure that will come in very handy. I used to put them in the freezer intending to make crumbs or something out of them but they’d always just get freezer burn before I could do anything with them and they’d get chucked anyway.

  4. Ditto to what Marie said. Grandiose visions of bread pudding and homemade croutons turned to dust in the freezer.

  5. I actually prefer grilled cheese made with the heels like that. My husband and I will even “argue” over who gets to have them. They make thinner sandwiches and really taste better somehow.

  6. Yikes! The heels are the best part! Hello, crusts!

  7. What a great idea. I would never have thought of it. One day when my kids were very young I made sandwiches for them on a day when we were almost out of bread, so I used the heels. They took one look at their sandwiches and said, “Ooh, yuck, we don’t want that.” I said, “Oh, good, because that’s the best part of the bread so if you don’t want it then that means I get to eat it.” Of course then they wanted it, and to this day they think that’s the best part of the bread. Every little trick you can find that works with kids is totally worth it.

  8. I feed the heels to my kids all the time. I just don’t eat them if I can help it. My husband likes to freeze them to save them for for a really awful stuffing that I refuse to touch (I hate stuffing in general and his in particular). We have a freezer filled with frozen bread ends that he has not made into stuffing. I have been chucking them when he is not looking.

  9. I’m with ya on the heels. And I never thought about facing them out. Very creative! Let us know if you actually eat it.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. lifeafterbaby says:

    I agree with Georgia Mom–your next challenge is to make a sandwich using a “heel” and eat it yourself instead of making your kids eat them. Liam rips into a loaf of bread before I get it out of the grocery bag to steal the “ends”.I also think a new name–as opposed to “heels”–will make them more attractive. What if you called them…hmmmm…McToasties, brends (bread+ends), brownies (because they are more brown than the other slices), or whatever you come up with that suits your fancy?

  11. Good idea. I sort of waste our heels, too—I throw them outside for our feathered friends to enjoy! :)

  12. I too dislike even looking at the heals of the bread. However I have no problem flipping them over to make a PB&J for Clare. Sometimes I’ve HAD to do that because it was the last piece of bread in the house.

  13. I don’t mind heels, And I mind food thrown away.
    Part of my family had terrible hunger in WW2 and the stories have influenced me deeply.

    Feel welcome to visit me at:

    Laane on the World

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. I love the heels of the bread. Another use for the heels is to make bread pudding with them. You can save the heels by freezing them, and when you have enough bread….make bread pudding! And you won’t even see the heels!

  15. Hello, my name is Jubilee and I have a bread heel phobia!
    Instead of AA, we could call it BHPA.
    I am the only one with heel phobia in the Jubilant household. My husband eats them. My children have no problem eating them. I still have to flip the bread when I make sandwiches with the heels and I have to make sure that sandwich lands on a plate other than mine!

  16. I’ve been doing that too for a couple of months! Joshua never notices! Mu-ha-ha-ha-ha! (evil laugh)

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