How can you make stale bread crispy again? This anti-waste trick makes it as good as if it had just been baked again.

There are many ways to use stale bread if it hasn’t gone bad. If it’s just dry, it takes little to revive it and then eat it. More than a trick, it ensures that stale bread, now dry, regains its softness. Whether the bread is sliced or a whole loaf, you won’t be able to do without these anti-waste tricks.

How to save stale bread and make it crispy again

A few simple tricks will help restore stale bread that has gone dry and they are:

  • Using the microwave: Softening stale bread in the microwave is very easy, just wrap the slice in a moistened paper towel and run the microwave at maximum power for about 8-10 minutes. This method doesn’t work if the bread and slices are too large.
  • Microwave & Toaster: Wrap the bread slices in a damp paper towel and microwave for 10 seconds, then remove the napkin and place in the toaster at level “1”. The result is soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. This method is perfect for slightly stale bread.
  • Oven with aluminum foil: suitable for both loaves of bread and slices of bread, sprinkle the bread with water, wrap it in aluminum foil, let it rest for 10 minutes, turn on the oven at  300 °F (150 degrees), pull out the foil and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  • Oven without foil: Soak the stale bread under running water to moisten the crust and place it directly on the oven rack set to 300- 340°F (150-170°C), depending on how moist the bread is. Let rise in the oven for about 6-15 minutes.

These simple methods for reclaiming stale bread are helpful in preventing excessive waste. If the bread goes dry, it will just be robbed of its moisture, so it needs to be moistened just right to get it back to the way it was before. This way it can be brought back to the table.