Most times, when I visit people’s houses, I notice that no one eats the heels of loaves of bread (the first and last slice). Personally, I think they’re gross, but I feel guilty throwing them away, and my worms won’t eat them. Not to mention, sometimes you get a bunch of stale bread slices, and it’s crappy to have to throw that out. So what can you do with leftover stale bread? MAKE CROUTONS!
PSA: DON’T GIVE BREAD TO BIRDS. Seriously, it’s not good for them, can make them sick, and is just generally a crappy thing to do. Make them Birdseed Wreaths!
These croutons don’t have any artificial preservatives, but will still last a really long time, because they’re dried out. I think I had a bag of them around for 6 months with no problem, but just watch out for any mould.
Cut up your bread into small-ish cubes and put them in a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Season
Drizzle with oil (not a ton, but just enough to give them a light coating), and season them with salt, and I use a mixed spice blend, but really you can season them with whatever floats your spicy boat. Toss them in the bowl so the oil and seasoning is distributed evenly.
Bake on a baking sheet for 1 hour at 250°. Yes, TWO hundred and fifty. You don’t want them baked so much as dried out. They will be crispy regardless, but if you cook them at a high temperature, they will be burned before they dry out enough.
If you want to use them right away, you can, otherwise just throw them in a ziploc bag and store them in a cupboard until you need them. They’re super delish, and way healthier than store bought, and you have one less thing that you had to throw out!
Loving the city, but longing for the farm, Melissa has made a hobby and a habit out of living sustainably, and DIYing, all while enjoying the perks of living in the big city. From Vancouver BC, she posts about making your own homestead from the smallest condo, and bringing farm living to rapid transit.
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