Making Croutons

by GettingFreedom on September 1, 2009

Before I grocery shopping, I always take a look in my freezer and my refrigerator for two reasons. So I can check my “inventory” and to also get rid of anything that is past it’s prime. This weekend, during my routine check, I found something that has been staring back and me, but for one reason or another I have always chosen to ignore.

This:

Every time I would get a heal or just a squished piece of store bought bread, I would pop it in a old bread bag and throw it in the freezer. It was beginning to take up some prime real estate in there and it was time to do something about it.
Time for croutons!

Take the bread and slice it vertically in about 1″ strips. Then, slice horizontally, forming about 1-2″ cubes. Then it’s time for the butter and seasonings.

I put all of my cubes into a mixing bowl and coated them with butter. I use this Parkay Spray because it makes it alot easier to get the croutons coated, plus it is cholesterol free. Once they are coated with a layer of butter I add my seasonings. This time I used a dash of paprika and a good dousing of garlic. In my opinion, garlic makes everything better! :) Feel free to use any seasonings you see fit. Oregano and basil along side some garlic would make some great Italian flavored croutons. Or what maybe just some Sea Salt?

Once they are coated and seasoned, lay them out on a baking sheet and place them in a 250° oven. About every 5-10 minutes toss them around a bit. It took them about 45 minutes to go to this:

Frugal Deliciousness! No Cost Croutons.

Want bread crumbs instead? Throw the croutons in the food processor and grind up, or place in a Ziploc bag and break up by rolling a rolling pin over it.

The next time you smash your bread with a dozen eggs or all you have left is the heel that no one will eat, Think Croutons!

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