While rearranging a kitchen shelf, I discovered two boxes of half-empty, slightly stale cereal. The cereal was purchased just a few weeks earlier and I did not want to waste the cereal.
I was getting ready to cook a dish in the oven, so the oven was already preheated. I decided to recrisp the cereal with the oven method.
I spread the cereal in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and baked it in the oven at 425 degrees for five minutes. It turned out crispy, crunchy, and fresh-tasting. It was a quick and fun way to save money on cereal.
See the entire article with detailed steps and photos: Crispy and Crunchy Again -How to Make Stale Cereal Crisp
I did have other options for using stale cereal:
– They could have been used to bake cookies. Here is a link to a good Cereal Cookie recipe: http://homeparents.about.com/library/weekly/aa010302a.htm
Cookie Madness also has several good cereal cookie recipes: http://www.cookiemadness.net/category/cookies/drop-cookies/cereal-cookies/
– The cereal can be crushed into crumbs and used as a topping for other baked desserts, such as bread pudding.
– After re-crisping, crush the cereal and use as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.
– Depending on the cereal, use a food processor to finely grind the cereal and use it as a substitute for some of the sugar and flour in one of your baked goods recipes. Read the cereal box label to see if your cereal contains mostly rice, oats, or wheat.
– After re-crisping, mix the cereal with bits of fruit, nuts, and other small treats, such as crackers or other cereals for your own custom made trail mix.
– A half-cup to a cup of colorful cereal can be crushed and stirred into yellow or white cake batter before baking to make rainbow bits in the cake.
– Unsweetened cereals can be crushed and used as a substitute for bread crumbs in a recipe, such as meatloaf, meatballs, or stuffing.
– Colorful, shaped cereal such as Fruit Loops, can be used to make crafts, birthday decorations, or Christmas decorations. Remember that crafts made with food items will not store well (think ants and bugs!), so they should be tossed as soon as the event is over.
– Put the cereal in your compost pile
– Some cereals can be fed to the birds outside, but don’t feed the birds highly sugared, flavored, or salted cereals. This probably eliminates most ready-to-eat cereals.
Have a great breakfast! Breakfast tastes better when you’ve started the day saving a dollar or two. That’s The Fat Dollar way!