Must. Have. Croutons…
It may seem silly — and even slightly picky — of me, but I just can’t eat a salad without them! The seasoned crunch keeps me eating seconds (and thirds!).
Because these sourdough croutons are made from sourdough bread, they’re easily digestible. Furthermore, you can customize the seasonings to your liking!
Want spicy croutons? Add cayenne! Did you dehydrate a bunch of homegrown herbs? Here’s a great use for them!
What about all the extra carbs, you ask?
We already know that souring grains lowers their glycemic index and considerably lessens their effects on blood sugar.
Not to mention, fresh greens are an important part of a nourishing diet. If low-glycemic sourdough croutons are what it takes to get you (and me) to devour antioxidant-rich greens, then who cares about a few extra carbs? 😉
One loaf of bread makes a lot of sourdough croutons. Enjoy tons of healthy greens with the perfect crunch!
Making these croutons in the dehydrator couldn’t be easier!
- Place all seasonings in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Set aside.
- Then cut bread into half-inch slices, then cut each slice into half-inch cubes.
- Place cubed bread into a very large bowl.
- Next, melt your fat of choice in a skillet on low heat.
- When melted, drizzle about half of it over the cubed bread.
- Sprinkle on half of the seasoning mix.
- Use tongs to toss well.
- Then follow with the rest of the melted fat and the rest of the seasoning mix.
- Toss again.
- Line 2 to 3 dehydrator trays with unbleached parchment paper.
- Then spread croutons out in a single layer on each tray.
- Slide the trays into the dehydrator and dry the bread at 155 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 5 hours. Or until the croutons are your desired crispness!
- Store finished croutons in airtight containers in the pantry for several weeks.
- Finally, if they become stale before you use them, simply place them in a warm oven for a few minutes or back into the dehydrator to dry them out again.
Sourdough croutons are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making and preserving food in your dehydrator.
Learn more about dehydrating everything from fruits and veggies to meat in our Dehydrating eCourse!
Dehydrating is a wonderful preservation method, and it saves space and energy. The finished products require no electricity for storage — no freezing or refrigeration!
So check out our Dehydrating eCourse here.
Do you make sourdough croutons with your sourdough bread? Have you ever made croutons in the dehydrator?
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