Is there a special way of discarding leftover bread/challah?

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  • Maybe you can indicate why you would think there should be a special method.
    – Double AA
    Mar 27, 2012 at 3:51
  • Not an answer to your question (so this is a comment), but when I have leftover bits of challah I let them dry and turn them into breadcrumbs for use in later cooking. (Maybe not this month, though. :-) ) Mar 27, 2012 at 13:18
  • possible duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3235/759
    – Double AA
    Mar 28, 2012 at 22:16

2 Answers 2


Feed it to the birds, or wrap it in a bag prior to throwing into the garbage.


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    – andrewmh20
    Feb 20, 2015 at 16:52
  • Can't make such a small edit, but the content from the currently-broken link in this answer can be found here. (Torah.org is apparently undergoing some extended update process, and much of their content is only available on the (relocated) older version of the site.)
    – Rish
    Jul 24, 2016 at 4:25

1) Eat it as is.

2) Eat it in some concoction. French toast is one possibility.

3) Why do you have leftovers in the first place? I think people should not buy excessive quantities that tend to can lead to such a situation ab initio (lechatechila). Doing so could possibly be a gram of bal tashchis (problem of being cause of wasting food indirectly).

4) Do not dump them on someone else's property or on public property to allegedly feed birds. Other people do not necessarily want pigeon encampments and what they leave behind. If you choose to do that, do it only on your own property.

  • I think he was asking if there is a special way to treat leftover bread, not for a lecture on Bal Tashchis or suggestions on ways to make the leftovers tasty. If he wanted to eat it as French Toast I'm sure he would. As Gershon notes below (mi.yodeya.com/questions/6785/leftover-challah/6786#6786), it is appropriate to wrap it before putting it into the garbage.
    – Seth J
    May 3, 2011 at 14:37
  • @Seth J - I think it is safe to say "..._she_ was asking..." mi.yodeya.com/questions/6534/…
    – WAF
    May 3, 2011 at 19:33
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    -1 It doesn't answer the intent of the question. Furthermore, Challah which was on a table on which meat was served should NOT be eaten with dairy, so in most cases, French Toast is not an option for leftover challah.
    – user1095
    Mar 27, 2012 at 11:59
  • I don't think answer 3 is helpful or even answers the question. We frequently have guests over for Friday night and need to have enough challah for all. But there is bound to be leftovers. As SethJ put it, he was asking if there was a special way to treat leftover challah.
    – Dennis
    Feb 20, 2015 at 17:11

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