we love crusts

In the UK we throw away 26,000 slices of bread every single minute. On top of that, we chuck away another 2500 slices worth of the bits that not everyone likes, such as the crusts (or heels, ends or butts as they're called in some parts of the country). It's total madness, and it could be avoided if only we planned what we ate better or made more use of the freezer.

After digging a bit deeper into the problem, we discovered that crusts were getting a raw deal at Fruit Towers too.

Every week, about 60 crusts are left abandoned in the bread bins or on worktops with bits cruelly ripped off them. They're left to go stale and mouldy with noone to care for them, all because we prefer their thinner, better looking friends.

crusts in bread bin crust on a worktop

So then Tim, one of our office angels, is forced to send them to the big compost heap in the sky, which makes him very unhappy indeed.

Tim with bags full of crusts

But it doesn't have to be this way. After all, not eating the crusts is a bit like refusing to talk to someone because they've got three arms. It's just a bit of extra bread and if anything, should be considered a bonus. And as Conor says, they're great with soup.

conor and a crust

Kirsty can't get enough of them either, and here she is demonstrating how to make your crusts toaster-safe by either patting them down for a nice, dense hit of bread, or by carefully slicing a bit off (which makes the perfect snack to eat while you wait for the main event).

kirsty compressing a crust kirsty cutting a bit off a crust

So hopefully, in the coming weeks, we can find a place for crusts in our hearts and on our plates, just like Janel and Jeremy have.

janel looking lovingly at a picture of a crust jeremy with his arm around a crust