Perfect Homemade Croutons from Your Old, Stale Bread

I bake our bread every two to three weeks–usually a loaf of sandwich bread and a pan of dinner rolls. The problem is that we are not huge bread eaters. Sometimes we use up all the bread quickly, and others, we just don’t. I do love bread, but as a family, we don’t always get through all of the bread before it goes stale.

Perfect Croutons - Stone Family Farmstead

Because I’m into finding ways to get one more use out of food that might otherwise be thrown away, I was delighted to be introduced to this recipe for these homemade croutons. I learned how to make these from my friend Karyn from My Stitching Corner (check her out if you love cross stitch, her work is fantastic), and have tweaked the recipe only a little. They are delicious, and so very easy! Here’s the recipe.

Perfect Croutons from Your Old, Stale Bread

Perfect Croutons from Your Old, Stale Bread


  • stale bread (not moldy!), cubed in half- to one-inch chunks
  • italian dressing (can be your favorite brand, or homemade-- here's a blog post that contains the recipe I use )
  • ziploc bag, big enough to fit all of your croutons with room to shake them around


  1. Place bread cubes in your ziploc, and pour italian dressing in the bag, enough to coat your bread cubes well.
  2. Close your bag and shake em up.
  3. Convect bake on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes OR regular bake at 400 for 25 minutes (cut the time if you like them lighter).
  4. Remove from oven, allow to cool, then store in the refrigerator for up to a week. (They may last longer, depending on your refrigerator.)
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These will be deliciously crunchy on your summer salads, or even alone as a snack, just like chips!

Do you make anything out of your stale bread?

Shared at Good Morning Mondays, Make Your House Sing Monday, The Art of Homemaking Mondays, Hey Momma Linky Party, MisAdventures Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist, Tasty Tuesday>, Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Party, Homestead Blog Hop, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop, Weekend Blog Hop, Front Porch Friday, Awesome Life Friday

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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! ­čÖé
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  1. Oo, I love croutons. Delicious, Thanks for sharing!

  2. We don’t use a lot of croutons, but what a simple way to make your own! Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Monday Blog Hop! Can’t wait to see what you have this week!!

  3. Great ideas for the croutons, thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire.

  4. Love homemade croutons.

    Thanks for linking up at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you again this week.

  5. Kristi, these croutons really look good! I know my kids would love to eat them in salad and so would I :). Thanks so much for sharing how you made them. Have a great week and take care, Tara

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