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Making your own croutons!

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Croutons are an awesome thing to have in the pantry! Right now we are getting into salad season and, at least for me, the croutons are my favorite part... You can also use these on soups, eat by themselves, or easily turn them into bread crumbs with a rolling pin!


Not to mention the fact that you are re-using, re-purposing old bread that may end up in the compost otherwise. A huge part of homesteading is utilizing what you have and this means limiting waste if you can. Plus, if you do it right, these little crispy squares of deliht will turn out better than any restaurant or store bought croutons!


This is the first of hopefully many recipes to be included on this site. My philosophy when it comes to making good food is simple. Literally, keep it simple!


In order to make these versatile little delicacies you need just three ingredients!


-Stale bread

-Oil

-Seasoning


Any kind of bread will work, I'll be using some sliced sourdough. I say stale but really any age of bread will work, stale just tends to be best.


Also just about any kind of cooking oil will work, butter as well. I'll be using olive oil.


The seasoning is where you get to be creative! The amount of each seasoning will be to your taste, I just try to evenly coat them.


Let's get baking!

First, Preheat your oven to 375°F.


Second, Cut your bread into cubes. Size is totally up to you, I do mine about an inch square.



Third, Drizzle your oil or melted butter over the bread as you carefully mix them to coat.



Fourth, Add your seasoning! As an example I used Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Onion Powder. Again gently toss the bread to coat them evenly.


You can also try Italian seasoning, spicy seasoning, etc. Seriously, be creative!




Fifth, lay them out on a cookie sheet as evenly as possible. Some choose to use parchment, I don't need the point in wasting it, honestly.


Sixth, Pop them in the oven! Cooking time varies from location to location, you'll just want to periodically stir them up a bit to keep them from burning. Mine only took about 15 minutes today. Again, be careful to not let them burn! You can brown them as much as you desire.



That's it! Didn't I tell you that was easy. Be sure to let them cool before storing them away to prevent molding. They will keep in the pantry for a long time! Enjoy!








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