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post #101 of 194
We "save" them for the dog, since they're his "favorite".
post #102 of 194
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Originally Posted by funkymamajoy View Post
I bake bread as well as buy bread. It's the home baked bread crust that usually isn't eaten. The home baked bread has a hard crust because I always forget to brush the loaves with melted butter to have a soft crust. Food battles and wars are not worth fighting. The parent will always be the one who loses. And that's a bad precedent to set.
This post isn't Funkymamajoy. It's Sewchris2642. My computer crashed and I'm using Joy's to check email and post. I forgot to login as Sewchris2642. Sorry about the confusion.
post #103 of 194
Sometimes DS eats them sometimes not. I don't really care. Sometimes I eat them and if not the dog gets them. Nikki
post #104 of 194
My son doesn't eat crusts most of the time, including pizza crusts. Depending on how firm or dry the bread is I'll even cut the crusts off for him, and for myself, too. This doesn't count yummy, crusty 'french' bread.

I grew up thinking that cutting crusts off was a moral issue. Only spoiled kids didn't eat their crusts, and only push-over parents cut the crusts off. I got to be an adult and realized I didn't have to eat those dry crusts from store-bought bread if I didn't want to.
post #105 of 194
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Originally Posted by MusicianDad View Post
Baffled why? Crusts taste different and feel different then the rest of the bread.

I eat crusts first so that when I'm done my sandwich I've got the taste out of my mouth.
Hey, I do that sometimes, too.

When I bother to cut crusts off I practically shave it off, so there is hardly any waste.
post #106 of 194
With my kids, when they dont' eat the crust it is a matter of them being picky, or wanting room for something else, not that they don't really like it. (they eat it enough to know that isn't the issue).

So basically, I make them lunch, they get what they have. If they finish it all, they can have more if they are still REALLY hungry, but if they don't finish the food, they dont' get more.

however, I know what the kids like and don't like, and I don't force them to eat food they don't like. My second son doesn't like mashed potatoes at all, so I never give him anyway, but if my step son had mashed potatoes on his plate and said he didn't like them and wanted something else, i would say no way. The boy LOVES them, but he will try that excuse if there is something else that he really likes more (like steak).

I also am the first to tell the kids they don't have to eat something if *I* think it tastes funny. This has happened a few times with new dishes I try to make and it just tastes odd.

But bread is bread, we always buy the same kind of most of hte time they will eat the crust no problem.

OH and I always make sure the sauce or what ever is one it, covers the WHOLE thing, I don't like dry bread either.
post #107 of 194
I don't care if he eats his crusts or not. I just care that he eats.
post #108 of 194
DS sometimes eats them and sometimes doesn't. If he doesn't want the crusts, I can always cut them off before making the sandwich and put them with the other bread scraps to be made into breadcrumbs.

Oh and I do what MusicianDad does too! I eat the crust first and save the middle (the best part!) for last.
post #109 of 194
I still remember vividly being at the home of a childhood friend and being served a pb&j without the crust. I had never even seen one. I remember thinking it was weird. Also, the bread was white and had a gross squishy texture.

I don't plan on removing the crusts as DS gets older. I really dislike the waste. He tries to eat them now but can't always accomplish it. He is 22m.

On the other hand, I also don't want food to be a source of struggle so I would likely let it go after I pointed out the waste. And also, roll of the eye, made a comment about people who don't have enough food to eat. I wouldn't, though, prepare extra sandwich in lieu of the crust area.
post #110 of 194
I totally thought this thread as about nose 'crusts' and scab 'crusts' not bread.

And I was like, sure. Whatever. It is just a buggar or a scabs must help you build immunity, I'm doing fine....

*hides under a rock*
post #111 of 194
Crust cutters: Here's a delightful book for you:

http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Sandwich-.../dp/0807540722
post #112 of 194
Nope and I could care less. I don't usually eat my crusts either.
post #113 of 194
All 4 of mine eat their crusts and yes I do care, we can't afford to waste food.

That said I make sure when I bake that I put butter on the crust and store it in a ziploc to keep it soft, or the store bought bread is soft.
post #114 of 194
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Originally Posted by funkymamajoy View Post
Food battles and wars are not worth fighting. The parent will always be the one who loses.

Ds is a healthy and hearty eater so we don't have any food battles at our house but this is a great point. Even if the child eats what you are battling over, the parent still loses since the child will most likely resist that food even more next time......and be a less adventurous eater overall.
post #115 of 194
As far as waste goes, just how much waste is there when the bread crust isn't eaten? I give dd the whole sandwich, cut into four little triangles so she can get at more, and she eats right up to the crust. There isn't really much left. And as far as money goes, I don't see how it's that much, particularly if you're making your own bread. AND other food wasted when the kids aren't hungry for everything has to account for much more than bread crusts. I just don't get this "waste" argument.
post #116 of 194
My dd doesn't eat her crusts and neither do I. The crust is the most disgusting part of the bread. It has no taste and it is very dry. The whole loaf of bread costs a dollar or so, and even when I buy the more expensive bread it isn't that much bread that I am cutting because I cut close to the edge so I am not horrified by the fifty cents we waste either. I try not to get my emotions tangled up in what my dd eats and doesn't eat even when I am a little upset about the price that I paid for the item. I have better things to be upset about.
post #117 of 194
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
As far as waste goes, just how much waste is there when the bread crust isn't eaten? I give dd the whole sandwich, cut into four little triangles so she can get at more, and she eats right up to the crust. There isn't really much left. And as far as money goes, I don't see how it's that much, particularly if you're making your own bread. AND other food wasted when the kids aren't hungry for everything has to account for much more than bread crusts. I just don't get this "waste" argument.
I don't get it either why does it matter if a few bites of crust are eaten by your child (and thus gone) or thrown in the trash/compost/disposal/etc? That argument just doesn't hold up... cause if it was really the case (how much does crust even cost?-- even store bought bread,) you could save it in the freezer for bread crumbs or whatever if it were really a 'we don't waste food in this house!' mentality.

I would never force my kid to eat something they don't like for the sake of clearing their plate or reducing waste. My mom still complains about her over-eating being related to having to finish all her food; even if she didn't like it or was full.

To me, it seems more of a control issue-- and quite frankly that's setting your kid up for food problems: over-eating, under-eating, emotional eating, and so on. Not worth the money spent on crust or the small amount of nutrients in said crust, to force the issue.

sincerely,
A Crust Hater (who is still bitter that her dad would make her finish it before having dessert or 2nds of anything)
post #118 of 194
Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn't. I don't cut the crust off. We have been using new sandwich round flat bread for a few weeks now, which he loves. And no crust, so no worries.
post #119 of 194
Wow, this is a loooong thread about crusts!

My son eats the crusts. Now. But he didn`t before, and that didn`t bother me one bit. Just like it doesn`t bother me that he now eats them.
post #120 of 194
Sometimes, it depends on the kind of bread. It doesn't go to waste anyway; that's one more valuable service our dog provides.
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