Growing up my family wasn’t big on eating sandwiches. I buy bread mainly for toast or french toast for breakfast. With my work schedule, I rarely get to eat breakfast, at least not at home. So, I end up wasting a lot of bread. At my parents’ house, Mom uses her bread to make biscotti to dunk in their morning coffee, but like I mentioned, I’m not usually home in the mornings, so no good for me. What I did find useful is making my own croutons. Also, easily packed for when I decide to bring a salad to work.
Basic ingredients: Bread, olive oil (I use extra virgin), salt, pepper and whatever herbs or cheeses you want to use to flavor it.
I don’t have exact measurements because this is all based off of how much bread I haven’t used.
I cube my bread, some people tear them, who cares, no one is measuring your croutons individually. I mix everything in a mixing bowl. Try not to overdo the olive oil and make your bread soggy.
Then I place them evenly on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let the oven do it’s thing while I wander off to other tasks. I do 300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Usually, I use the frozen pizza rule: “or until brown.”
Then I store. And I make awesome salads with “real” bacon bits, because I’m a starving child who grew up to be a starving adult.