Do you like salads? If you do, I bet you don’t like them with just lettuce or only green things (and if you do, I’m impressed). How do you feel about croutons? I happen to love them. They add a nice crunch and flavor. Croutons are to salads as pearls are to a cute sundress. It’s true. Salads need accessories too.
Now let’s talk about bread. I bet you have it. I bet on occasion you end up tossing some pieces that get old or moldy. Allow me to share my collection of bread tips.
1. If you do end up with moldy bread on occasion, you can lengthen the life of your bread like whoa by keeping it in the fridge. I’m just me with no husbands or kids to eat bread and a loaf usually last me a month.
2. Don’t care for the ends? Don’t toss them! Keep a bag in a the freezer and collect any bread butts (that’s what I call them), funky pieces or smooshed pieces. Things to also toss in that bread freezer bag: extra bread of any sort that will soon go bad – hotdog buns, hamburger buns, white bread, wheat bread. ALL THINGS BREAD.
3. Don’t like the texture of your refrigerated longer shelf life bread? Two options. 1 – Toast it. I love a sandwich on toast. I also just love toast. Toast with Nutella, toast with peanut butter and bananas, toast with yogurt butter, cheese toast, cinnamon toast. 2. Microwave it for 5-10 seconds. It will be as fluffy and soft as new.
4. So you have a bag of frozen bread… Now what? My favorite choices are bread puddings, homemade bread crumbs (which I also keep in the freezer after I make them and have for the many recipes that call for them), and now… CROUTONS!
Homemade Garlic Croutons
Recipe inspired by Savory Sweet Life
- 6 slice of bread (I used Sara Lee Delightful 45 Calorie Wheat Bread)
- 3 tablespoons melted Brummel and Brown yogurt butter
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes