Do you have some bread left over?
By turning your left-over slices of bread into croutons, you avoid having to throw out perfectly good slices of bread. It even works with bread that has already turned slightly stale.
Homemade croutons often taste much better than store bought ones and can be kept for several weeks when stored in a vacuum food container.
How to make croutons
You can use virtually any type of bread. Home baked or store bought, white or whole wheat.
It is up to you if you leave on the crust. (If you don’t like crusts on your croutons, cut them off but don’t throw them away. You can still dry them and turn them into breadcrumbs). We recommend you cut the bread into 1 inch cubes but feel free to experiment with other shapes and sizes.
Pre-heat your oven to 350°F (or 180°C).
Sprinkle the bread cubes with some olive oil and some salt. If you would like some additional flavor, you can use garlic infused oil or add a small pinch of your favorite dried herb.
Spread out the cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. After that, check if they are dry and crunchy. If not, toss them around and bake them for a couple more minutes.
Allow the croutons to cool down completely before placing them in a Vacuvita container.
You can store them in the pantry and take out a couple any time you would like to add that extra crunchy bite to your dishes.