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How To Make Homemade Croutons

I am a pretty frugal crazy thrifty person. I pinch every last penny. Well today I have a confession to make...

No one in our family likes the heels of bread.

So I throw them away.


I know. And when you go through 2-3 loaves of bread a week, that's a lot of heels!

Well, I've finally come up with a solution. It all started when I needed to bring a salad to a party and didn't have time to go to the store. I scrounged through the pantry and found six bags of bread with just the heels inside. A light bulb went on, and honestly, I don't know why I didn't think of it before. I turned all those heels that normally get thrown away into homemade croutons!

And it was so easy that I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I love a good crouton, and homemade are even better than store bought!

So you should run to your bread cupboard right now and make some with me!

Step 1. Cut the bread into cubes.

Step 2. Spread on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil.

Step 3. Sprinkle with salt and other seasonings, if desired. I used garlic and black pepper. Mmm...

Step 4. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, until the bread starts to turn golden brown.

Step 5. Crunch, crunch. Eat those tasty little cubes!

Now that I have homemade croutons, I have been eating salad every day. I tell ya, the crunch just gets me!
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  1. Ha! I never thought about this. I will have to give it a try!

    1. I know, right?! It was one of those forehead slapping moments for me, that's for sure!

  2. I put my bread heels in a bag in the freezer. Then whenever I need bread crumbs I take some out and toast them, easy peasy. I like the idea of croutons too.

  3. You can also use left over hot dog buns! I love croutons that are a little soft & have made some before just using the toaster.

    1. Hello! Brilliant! We always have leftover hamburger and hot dog buns!


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