I don’t know what you do with the heels of your loaves of bread, but I’m hoping that your response is not that you throw them out. Little kids, and adults, often turn up their noses when offered a sandwich made on the heels from the loaf of bread, but I have a solution. Everyone loves grilled cheese sandwiches, and it’s possible to use the heels from a loaf of bread to make a grilled cheese sandwich , or a tuna or patty melt, on the heels of a loaf of bread and serve it to a family member without them ever noticing that their sandwich is made on heels. Keep reading to learn how I tested and proved this theory.
It’s was typical weekend. My goal for the day was to stay home and be lazy. Food Critic complained that he was hungry. He wants a sandwich. I go to the kitchen only to discover that the only slices left in the bread bag are the heels. I had two choices. I could either go to the store, or I could use the heels. Before your judge me, remember that my objective was to stay home. I went back to the living room and asked if Food Critic would like a grilled cheese, and he very enthusiastically answered that he would. I returned to the kitchen. I realize that making grilled cheese is not rocket science, but I will show you how this worked.
I placed a slice of cheese on top of each heel and heated them over medium heat until the cheese began to melt. Once the cheese was melting, I assembled the sandwich. I realize that this sandwich is a little darker than some people would like it, but Food Critic always asks me to “burn it” a little when I make him grilled cheese.
I served up his sandwich, and he ate it greedily. When he was finished, I asked if he liked it.
“Yes” He eyed me suspiciously.
“Did you notice anything different about it?”
He studied me, carefully. “Did you use mayonnaise instead of butter?”
“Did it taste like it was made with mayonnaise?”
“No,” he paused and studied me. “What did you do, Mom?” He was looking concerned and his voice was taking on an accusing tone.
“I used a different kind of bread.”
“Oh,” he visibly relaxed “It was good. You can buy that kind again.”
“Okay. I will.”
I smiled to myself as I walked back to the kitchen. Once I was out of his sight, I did a victory dance.
The point of this post is that we can use those heels for sandwiches instead of throwing them into the trash or letting them mold on the counter. If your family goes through a loaf of bread per week, that’s 104 bread heels that you are throwing out. Using this technique, you can make 52 extra sandwiches during the course of a year. That’s equivalent to about 5 loaves of bread. That may not seem like a lot of money, but it all adds up.
What do you do with the heels of your bread? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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