Got a loaf of bread that needs using? Find a great deal on clearanced loaves? Learn how to cut bread cubes yourself for egg bakes, croutons, stuffing and bread pudding.
There is no end to the ways that you can repurpose dry bread into recipes. From this Overnight Egg Bake with Bacon and Cheddar to Sweet Cinnamon Toast Croutons, you’re bound to find some delicious ways to avoiding wasting stale bread.
You might find that occasionally you stumble across a recipe that calls for bread cubes. What in the world is that? And where do you get them?
You’re not likely to find bags of them in the bread aisle of the grocery store as they are a seasonal item, usually available in the grocery store bakery around the holidays. But, they have a place in recipes that you can enjoy all year round.
And that makes it important to know how to cut your own.
Why It Matters
You can make tasty recipes from scratch. Bread cubes are called for in a number of recipes, including bread pudding, croutons, egg bakes, panzanella, and stuffing. Using cut stale bread allows you to enjoy these great dishes at home.
You can avoid wasting stale bread. Cutting dry bread into cubes and using it in recipes has long been a great way to reclaim what might otherwise go to waste. If you don’t already make it into Homemade Breadcrumbs, cut it into cubes to use in a new recipe.
All you need is bread! You can use a whole loaf or sliced bread for this purpose.
The process is super simple:
- If using a loaf of bread, slice it into thick slices. If your bread is already sliced, skip to step 2.
- Cut the slices into sticks or batons. At this point you could make French Toast Sticks if you like.
- Cut the batons into cubes.
Freeze your cubes: If you won’t be using them within the next couple days, store them in an airtight container in the freezer.
You can sometimes find bread cubes in the grocery store bakery or clearance section. Bread cubes are generally a seasonal item, so learning to cut your own is a great option.
Bread cubes are bread cut into squares while croutons are the same bread squares that are toasted until crisp. They are not the same thing, but one does lead to the other.
Slice the bread into slices, then sticks or batons, then into cubes.
The best bread for stuffing is the one that’s already starting to dry out. If you only have very fresh bread, you will need to toast it or allow it to air dry over night to give your stuffing the best texture.
Uses for Dry Bread
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How to Cut Bread Cubes
- 1 loaf bread any kind
- If using a loaf of bread, slice it into thick slices. If your bread is already sliced, skip to step
- Cut the slices into sticks or batons.
- Cut the batons into cubes. Use in your recipes that call for bread cubes.