We have three school-aged children at our house, so we run through bread at a rather alarming rate. Like almost every other kid ever, they don’t like to eat the bread ends. I hate to waste food, so I’ve come up with a couple of ways to put those ends to use. I store them in the freezer until I’m ready to implement either of these strategies.
Remove bread slices from freezer to thaw. This takes about 10 minutes, so don’t go anywhere. Put the slices in your food processor. Turn it on. Ta da. Breadcrumbs. You can use them to coat chicken, stir them into meatloaf, or top a casserole.
If you make more breadcrumbs than you need, store the extra in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.
This is a new discovery for me, so I remembered to photograph it.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Cut your bread into squares.
Throw them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toss them until coated.
Spread the croutons out on a baking sheet, and bake at 300 for about 30 minutes, until the croutons are dry and crunchy.
Now they’re ready to be deployed in a salad.
Unused croutons can also be stored in the freezer.
Yeay for saving money and avoiding waste!