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Monday, February 8, 2010

Things to do with a slice of bread (besides eat it)

About 8 months ago I started reading Reader's Digest's Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time. It sounds like something I would be interested in. It's a reference book, so it's a very slow read. There are several things I come across that I think "Everyone knows that trick, don't they?" or "Wow, that's a lot of work to create something very tacky." or there are a few that I found don't work like the book claims they do. However, throughout there are some good ideas. This weekend I came across a couple with bread that actually seemed helpful, plus I added one of my own.
  • Soften up hard marshmallows. Put marshmallows in a seal-able container with a couple slices of bread. Leave it alone for a couple days and remove the bread. The marshmallows will have absorbed the moisture from the bread.
  • Soften up hard brown sugar. Same idea.
  • Pick up glass fragments. After picking up the big shards, press a piece of bread over the area to pick up all the tiny slivers. Just be careful as you're throwing the bread away.


  1. I like to make bread clay dough. I don't know if that is the official name, but I call it that to distinguish it from regular clay dough, which is mainly flour, salt & water.

    You take 1 slice of bread, without the crust. Tear it into small pieces & put into a low edge cup, disposable may be best.
    Add 1 Tablespoon of white glue, & mix with a small stick.
    After it is mixed, remove from the cup & mix with your hands. At first, your hands will look gross, but as you work on the dough, it will start to hold together and peel off your hands. Teach your children to do this; they will love it.
    When it can be rolled into a ball, you can make things with it. It looks more like a porcelain, fine type of clay, compared to the rougher textured salt clay dough.
    You can even add color, either with paint or food coloring.
    Normally this is made with white bread, but I have used wheat bread, too. It adds little bits of texture, so you may want to experiment with both, to see the difference.