The 'ends' Of A Loaf Of Bread

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jack daniels | 11:45 Mon 07th Nov 2016 | Food & Drink
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using a loaf of bread a wondered what people do with the end bits. I dont really like them so with mine they either get made into breadcrumbs or the birds get them

what do you do with yours?


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Best part of the loaf. I love them, too. I can't see why anybody wouldn't eat them. It's not as if they taste any different to the loaf.
They get binned unfortunately as they are seen as the "Runt" of the loaf unless they're the last bits and I really want toast.

Aren't there "Endless" loaves around? I know there is crust less bread about which is a godsend if you have kids in the family who hate crusts so you have to spend time cutting the crusts off.
I sometimes save them up in the freezer and when I've got a load of them I whizz them up into breadcrumbs.
Or you could make tiger prawn and chorizo horneado which has torn up bread as a topping, it's lovely.
More often than not they get toasted and eaten though.
They are the best bits so I eat them. They are called crusts or toppeners (although I'm unsure if the latter is a family noun or a local dialect noun) I doubt if many folk know of them as being called a "heel". Some may claim it is British English but if it is it must be very archaic and unused as I have not heard of it, and I have been around a fair old time.
Daft, I call it, what's for tea Ma?
I love them and so do my sisters, when we were kids we always argued over who's turn it was to have them.There was nothing better with lashings of butter and home made jam.
In the days of afternoon tea they would never be served up in front of guests. Eating them was one of those funny things you only did in private, like dipping your bread in soup.
When I was a student and I shared bread with my housemates, there were always arguments about whether the ends counted as slices. The rule was that if you ate the last slice you went and bought a new loaf. Some tried to argue that they'd left the ends so didn't have to buy a new loaf. Others said they didn't count as slices.

It seemed to be the northern people who kept the ends, while the southerners didn't count them as slices.
We call them heels, well my OH does, must be a Scottish thing. Toast them and then give them to the rabbits, they love them
I've a suspicion that you're all talking about pan bread, food of the devil.
Get yersel' a plain loaf wi' proper heels!
Bread was one of the few items not to be rationed during the war. Only after the war did it come in. Sliced white bread disappeared from the shelves, to be replace by 'The National Loaf'. There were adverts exhorting people to 'Eat Less Bread'. It was illegal to sell freshly baked bread; the loaf had to be a day old before it could be sold to discourage consumption.
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