This Thanksgiving I found myself reluctant to pay $4.50 for a small bag of bread cubes to from my local grocery store. Instead, I opted to spend $4.50 at Costco and get 3 loaves of white bread to make my own bread cubes for turkey stuffing. Two of loaves went straight to the freezer to use for school sandwiches and the third loaf was used for making homemade bread cubes and garlic croutons. I know there is a long list of “homemade” things that take time and you find yourself wondering if buying it pre-made is easier, but for breadcrumbs, bread cubes and/or croutons, I promise you, its super easy to make your own in no time at all. Save your last 4 or 5 slices of stale bread from the fridge and turn it into breadcrumbs for your next casserole or breaded chicken breasts. I have given some direction below on how to accomplish this easy task but you can definitely take this and add/delete whatever you want; except the bread, that part is sort of necessary.
I would be interested in finding out what else people like to make homemade that is way easier and more cost-effective than buying in a store. I have tried quite a few things but usually stick with basic stuff such as spices (pumpkin pie, meat rubs, etc.), cake icing, pizza and pie crusts, scones.
On a sidenote, I want to add that my white grease pencil is one of my kitchen’s staple items. It easily wipes off almost all surfaces and is perfect for labelling and dating jars and plastic containers of food destined for the abyss of your freezer.
Chop up 3/4 or a whole loaf of bread into small “cubes”, place on a pan and bake in a 325 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. I like to toss mine once during baking so they brown evenly. When they are sufficiently browned and no longer soft in the center take them out and cool completely before putting in an airtight container or bag.
Chop up as many slices of bread as you want (I usually do 4 or 5 slices) into small cubes. Place in your blender with some salt, garlic and whatever else you might want (herbs etc.) and blend until very fine crumbs. Place crumbs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 5-10 minutes tossing several times so the crumbs toast evenly. Remove from the oven when the crumbs are lightly browned and cool completely. Place in an airtight container or bag.
Chop up 1/4 of a bag of bread (4-5 slices) into small cubes. Toss cubes lightly in some garlic olive oil (or regular olive oil and garlic powder), salt and pepper and any herbs you like. Place cubes on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet and bake in a 325 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes or until browned and no longer soft in the center. Store in an airtight container or bag and use on your favorite salad.