Uses for Expired Cereal


Those almost-empty boxes of expired cereal sitting in your pantry should be disposed of — but before you toss them into the garbage, consider making those leftovers useful. There are plenty of ways to reuse stale dry cereal that don't involve feeding it to your family.


  • Instead of trashing it, throw your old cereal into your compost pile along with the vegetable peels and grass clippings. If you don't have an outdoor compost pile or a kitchen compost bin, save a large-sized plastic coffee can for compost. Simply add compost items, including old cereal, and cover. About three months after the can is filled, you'll have a natural fertilizer to add to your garden.

Feed the Birds

  • Birds don't mind that your cereal is stale. Empty those boxes of old cereal by making bird feeders. Spread peanut butter on a pine cone and roll it in whole or crushed cereal. Tie it with yarn and hang from a tree. String O-shaped cereal on yarn to make outdoor tree garlands for the birds.

Make Beads

  • Turn O-shaped cereal into whimsical beads that won't dissolve when wet by coating them with varnish. Use several coats of spray varnish on each side. Once the cereal is sealed in varnish, the pieces will be shiny, but they'll still look like cereal. Use the cereal beads to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets, or glue them onto paper or other craft objects. Just be sure to keep preserved cereal away from small children.

Bath and Body

  • If you're stuck with half a can of expired oatmeal, there are lots of ways to use it for bath and body. Make an oatmeal bath by putting the oatmeal in a blender or food processor and turning it into powder. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of the oatmeal powder to your bathtub with hot water for a soothing bath that calms itchiness. Mix 1/2 cup of the oatmeal powder with a beaten egg to make a facial mask. Apply the mixture to your face and neck and rinse off when dry.

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