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Can You Eat Expired Bread?

Can You Eat Expired Bread?

Do you have expired bread but don’t know if you should use it or throw it away? 

Although some food usually goes bad after its expiration date, bread is still safe to eat as long as it doesn’t have mold on it. You can consume it up to seven days after its expiration date.

To prolong its shelf life, place it in the freezer.  However, if you see any mold, throw it away, as those with sensitivity might experience digestive issues. 

Follow along as we investigate the science of how long your bread is good for. 

How Long Is Bread Good For After The Expiration Date?

Here are a few breakdowns of using bread: 

1. Using It After 10 Days of Expiry

We generally advise against eating bread that is more than 5-7 days old. Eating bread after this window of time could be hard, moldy, and flavorless.

2. Using It After 2 Weeks

You could still be able to eat bread that is two weeks past its expiration date if it wasn’t frozen but keep an eye out for mold. It’s important to remember that bread of this age is unlikely to have a pleasant texture or flavor.

3. Using It After A Month

You shouldn’t consume bread one month after its expiration date. It’s best to toss the bread and get a fresh loaf if it’s been lying out at room temperature for that long because mold can easily grow on it.

But if the bread was carefully frozen properly and kept for a month after its expiration date, you can rest assured that it is still perfectly edible and will likely taste as good as the day you bought it.

What Will Happen If I Eat Expired Bread?

Technically, you can consume expired bread, particularly if it has just been out for a few days, but you should always proceed with caution.

You can risk contracting a food-borne illness or food poisoning if you decide to consume bread that is stale, moldy, or otherwise unappealing in appearance or flavor.

Food poisoning symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Difficulty breathing

Even though it could taste strange and/or be tougher than you’re used to, your bread is probably good to consume if there are no obvious symptoms of mold.

Never eat stale bread, especially if it has mold on it if you are allergic to mold or suffer from a respiratory infection. If the bread doesn’t have any mold on it, you can eat it, but you might not like the flavor or texture. 

Furthermore, even if there is a small amount of mold on your bread, it probably won’t make you extremely ill. However, be sure to call your doctor as soon as you notice any mold exposure symptoms.

How To Utilize Bread Beyond Its Expiry Date?

How To Utilize Bread Beyond Its Expiry Date

You can still use bread in many ways unless mold is present. You should still be able to enjoy your toast or sandwich with expired bread, just be aware of potential mold or staleness.

The only drawback is that it probably won’t taste as wonderful and might even be a little stale. But it’s all right. By utilizing one of these fast fixes, you can revive stale bread:

  • Toasting stale bread is the simplest technique to keep it from going bad
  • Bake the bread in the oven for 6–10 minutes at 300°F after misting it with some water.
Stale bread can also be changed into something quite different. Some of the preferred methods for working with old, stale, and generally unappealing (but still edible) loaves of bread are included below.


Breadcrumbs are incredibly flexible and easy to manufacture. You can create savory salmon cakes with them, as well as zucchini chips, cheese toppings, and macaroni.

French Onion Soup

French onion soup is the perfect dinnertime dish if you want to keep warm. The entire family will like it and find it to be quite filling.

Bread Pudding

The most conventional method of using up leftover bread is bread pudding, which tastes delicious and is made in the same manner as grandma’s recipe. 

French Toast Casserole

Stale bread can be transformed into a magnificent French toast casserole, perfect for a Saturday morning brunch that will have everyone begging for seconds.

Final Words on Eating Expired Bread

You can use bread for up to a week after its expiry date. However, before consuming, double-check for symptoms of mold. If it’s past its prime, you can reheat it in the oven or toaster or substitute it with something else entirely.

Lindsay Reed

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