Better Budgeting: Duck Bread

Duck Bread

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submitted by Hunter

When the kids are home for summer and always hungry I have learned to plan ahead for extras to keep them well fed.

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Sandwiches are the mainstay of summer meals at our house. I go to the discount bakery bread store for a large supply every 3 weeks. I call ahead on that day and ask if they have any "duck bread."  (Please see information about NOT feeding bread to ducks at the end of this article!)

I can usually ask for white, wheat or a mixture. This bread was pulled the day before and is still fresh and soft.  If the salesperson says they have a supply I will go over and get a shopping cart full. Since I am a familiar face they often let me choose exactly what I want from their supply. The most I pay is $3.00.

On average, I will come home with 35-40 loaves of bread, sandwich rolls, bagels, English muffins, French and Italian loaves. I make room for these in the freezer and take inventory of just what I have so I can plan our meals accordingly.

Anything that goes too long in the freezer before the next visit becomes either bread crumbs, croutons, or food for the ducks.

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Information on NOT Feeding Bread to Ducks

"I am a duck owner and take care of several ducks at ponds. I also work with them when I volunteer my time at the Ohio Wildlife center. PLEASE do not feed ducks bread. It is not good for them. It has no nutritional value and can cause them to get a blockage in their intestines and die from it. Also, old or moldy bread can cause them to get a condition known as Aspergillosis. This is where they actually form mold in the lungs from ingesting mold. Please urge people that if they are going to feed the ducks, to feed them something like cracked corn. It is cheap and they love it! Thanks for taking the time to read this." - Ashlee of Columbus Ohio

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