How to Make Croutons

August 11, 2011

This last week, we had a loaf of bread that got stuffed back behind a few other bread products and I didn’t notice it was even there. By the time I realized it, the bread was fairly stale. In the past, I probably would have fed this to our wild birds or worse…even tossed it. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, there’s usually a way you can use things that aren’t still the freshest, but are still safely edible. I’ve turned stale bread into bread crumbs before but I wanted to try to make some croutons this time.

I found a real basic Crouton Recipe on AllRecipes.com. This one was just for regular croutons with a little garlic flavoring. You could probably toss in some spices if you want more flavoring.

1) The first thing you need to do is to cut off the crusts of your bread. This will give you a typical crouton. If you want to leave them on, I’m sure you could.

2) Next, you need to butter both sides of the bread with melted butter. I had my kids help with this. They kept saying they were “painting bread.”

3) Once buttered, cut the bread into cube shapes. If you want them to have a garlic flavor, sprinkle them lightly with garlic salt. Then place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4) Bake them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until browned. If you want, you could flip them over halfway through for an even cooking, but I didn’t and they turned out just fine.

That’s it. Simple and a great way to be sure any stale bread you have doesn’t go to waste. I put these in a Ziploc bag and we’ll be enjoying them on several salads we’ll pick from our garden.

I’m hoping that if you come across things in your house that aren’t the freshest but are still safe to eat, that you’ll find other uses for them, too. If you need some inspiration, I love to follow Teresa from Money Saving Maine-ac in her “Yucky Stuff is the Lucky Stuff” series. She always has such great ideas!

This was a fun little activity for me and the kids. I got a good laugh over when I told my kids that we were going to make Croutons and my son said, “We’re going to make Coupons?!” Can you tell Coupons are a big part of our life? :)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Zee August 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thank you for posting this! I love croutons and I’ve always thought about making them (along with stuffing) when I have old bread. LOL @ your son hearing coupons instead of croutons. I just started getting into clipping coupons. I’ve become so consumed with them that one day I called everything a coupon. I don’t know what got into me, it’s like I couldn’t stop my mouth from saying the word coupon. LOL. Even I cracked up after a while because I was like, “can you tell I’m obsessed with couponing?” Lolol

2 Li August 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

How long can you keep the croutons in the ziplock bag before disposing them?

3 coupongeek August 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’m not sure, Li. This is my first time making a batch. I’ve had them a week and they are still good. Sorry I can’t help more!

4 coupongeek August 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

LOL…that’s so funny, Zee. Thank you for the laugh!

I asked my son one day if he knew my hubby’s real name and he said it. Then I asked him what my real name was and he said Coupon Geek. I never laughed so hard. Who knew couponing could be so fun, right? :)

5 Zee August 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Hahaha, your son is too funny!

Now whenever I call something a coupon by accident, my friends joke “uh oh, Zee is about to have a coupon attack”. :-D

6 Sandra August 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for the step by step post! I’ve been wanting to make homemade croutons for a while now and just haven’t searched out a recipe/method to do so. I’m bookmarking this post. :-)

7 coupongeek August 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thanks, Sandra! They are super easy to make. You can make them in the oven while you are cooking other things.

8 Megan September 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I have twin girls that love eating bread and croutons, so I will have to try this!!! I’m sure they will thank you!! lol

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