How to make homemade croutons (the easy way!)

Written by tammi clements
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To give your salad an extra boost of flavour, try making your own croutons. Homemade croutons can be customised to your personal flavour specifications and can be stored to last up to 60 days. There is a do-it-yourself method that will allow you to make your own croutons using minimal ingredients. Use a little imagination and your homemade palette pleasing croutons will be salad ready in no time.

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Things you need

  • Oven
  • 7-8 pieces bread
  • Bread knife
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Sauce pan
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Mixing spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Baking tray
  • Oven glove
  • Gallon-size freezer bag

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  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 300F.

  2. 2

    Remove the crust from 7-8 pieces of bread.

  3. 3

    Use a bread knife to cut the slices of bread into small cubes.

  4. 4

    Pour 3 tbsp olive oil into a sauce pan.

  5. 5

    Add 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp dried oregano, and garlic powder to the sauce pan.

  6. 6

    Stir the ingredients together using a mixing spoon.

  7. 7

    Add the bread cubes to the sauce pan. Use the spoon to mix the bread cubes with the oil mixture.

  8. 8

    Use a slotted spoon to remove the bread cubes from the sauce pan. Place the bread cubes on a baking tray.

  9. 9

    Place the baking tray into the oven. Bake the bread for 10 minutes. Use a pair of oven gloves to remove the baking tray from the oven.

  10. 10

    Shake the baking tray in order to move the bread cubes around. Return the baking tray to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

  11. 11

    Use an oven glove to remove the baking tray from the oven. Allow the croutons to cool completely.

  12. 12

    Store the croutons in a gallon-size freezer bag.

Tips and warnings

  • To add even more flavour to your croutons, add additional dried seasonings to this recipe.
  • Removing the bread cubes from the oven before they are completely finished will prevent them from drying out properly.

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