posted on Apr, 25 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Okay folks today I would like to discuss with you all: the last few pieces of the bread you just can't finish off before mold sets in! Some of you
probably buy fancy bakery loaves, or make your own. This really isn't targeted to you. This is for those like me who usually buy bagged bread from
the bread aisle in the grocery store.
In my house, the whole loaf rarely gets eaten. There are always 4 or 5 lingering pieces that get too hard or start to mold, and this bothers me.
Sometimes it just bothers me a little bit but other times I get almost enraged about the constant few pieces of bread not getting eaten. I hate the
waste of food and the money that was spent on it.
So what do you do with those?
When I was kid, we grew up a couple of blocks from a huge lake filled with ducks. When the bread began to come to an end, we would set it aside to go
feed the ducks. My brother and I biked over and fed them or my mom drove us. So bread waste was never an issue. I no longer live in that area, so this
isn't an option. I have a yard with birds, but they get birdseed and I don't want to feed bread to the squirrels, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and
other such creatures like rats.
Sometimes I make croutons with my end pieces before they start to mold. This is how I do it:
Stack bread on cutting board.
Cut off crusts. Note: you can reserve the crusts for another use. The reason I cut them off is to have uniform croutons.
Make about 4 evenly spaced cuts horizontally, then 4 cuts vertically. This gives you 16 equally sized squares for each piece of bread.
Put all the squares into a big bowl.
Drizzle olive oil, just a little. Note: you can also use melted butter. I use olive oil because its cheaper and I usually have more oil than
Stir to combine, coating the bread with oil.
Continue to drizzle oil and stir until all the pieces are evenly coated. Go slowly! You can always add more olive oil but you cannot take it away if
you add too much.
Add salt, pepper, and oregano to taste, and stir to combine. You can also add other things like marjoram or basil. Depends on what your family likes.
Sometimes I add cayenne pepper.
Spread the bread evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes. This time varies widely based on the kind of bread being used and your oven. I'd start checking at about minute 8
if it was the first time I was doing this with my oven or if it was a kind of bread I didn't usually buy.
They are done when they look done and are also hard. Remove from oven. Allow to cool completely before storing. Lasts 7 to 10 days.
Alternatively, only cut the bread 4 times vertically. You end up with 4 fingers for each slice of bread. These long finger croutons are good with
soups. If you have enough bread slices and you know will have soup and salad both, make it half and half so you can get regular square croutons plus
Alternatively, cut the bread twice. Once across the middle horizontally, once across the middle vertically. Skip all the other steps and just bake it.
Now you have crackers. Eat them, take them on commute, feed kids in the car, make peanut butter crackers, serve with cheese, etc.
Sometimes if there is a tiny bit of tomato sauce left from another meal, and also bread going bad, I make bread pizza. Like this:
Brush olive oil on both sides of a piece of bread.
Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and oregano.
Coat one side (this will be the top) with tomato sauce.
Add mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Now you have bread cheese pizza.
You can add anything else you want on your bread pizza. I grow basil so I will cover my sauce with basil leaves before topping with cheese. If you add
fresh basil, it needs to go under your cheese or only add it after baking. Bread pizza is a good way to use up stuff in your kitchen that won't make
a whole meal like a spare mushroom, or that last 2 inches of sausage, or a slice of tomato.