Order Too Much Bread? Make Croutons Or Breadcrumbs From The Leftovers


It can be difficult to estimate how much bread you'll go through in a given day or week. If you had a slow week and how have extra loaves of bread (from bread suppliers like Klosterman Baking Company) sitting around your restaurant, don't let them go to waste. Make breadcrumbs or croutons from them. You can advertise your homemade breadcrumbs or croutons on the menu, which will impress your customers, and avoid having to throw away your extra bread.

How to make breadcrumbs:

To make breadcrumbs, start by laying slices of bread out on baking sheets. Place these in a 250-degree oven, and bake them for about 2 hours, or until they are completely crispy and crumbly. If there is any moisture left in the bread, put it back in the oven to keep baking until it is completely crisp. Let the bread cool, and then place the slices, a few at a time, into your food processor.

Process until the bread forms fine crumbs. Dump each batch into a large bowl; keep adding subsequent batches to the same bowl. When you're processed all of the bread, you now have two choices. You can put the breadcrumbs into a sealed container and use them as needed, seasoning them as you use them, or you can pre-season them all right now so they're ready to use.

If you'd like to pre-season your breadcrumbs, add the following ingredients. These measurements are per 2 cups of breadcrumbs. If you have 4 cups of breadcrumbs, for instance, you'll need to double these measurements:

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Stir the seasoned breadcrumbs, and transfer them to a resealable container.

How to make croutons:

Begin by cutting your slices of bread into small squares. About 1 inch by 1 inch should do the trick, but there's no need to measure or be overly precise. One your bread is cut into squares, lay the squares out on a baking sheet.

In a mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients. These measurements are per loaf of bread. If you're making croutons from 3 loaves of bread, for instance, you'll need to triple these measurements:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Drizzle the above mixture over the squares of bread. Place the baking sheet in the oven at 275 degrees F, and bake for 30 - 40 minutes, turning often during cooking. When the bread is entirely crisp and beginning to brown around the edges, the croutons are done.

Let the croutons cool completely before transferring them to a bag or plastic container for storage.


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