DIY Croutons and Bagel Chips

This post is dedicated to more useful ideas for using the Excalibur Dehydrator I am giving away to one lucky reader. This week I made a big batch of bagel chips and croutons in my dehydrator. I want share with you how easy it is to make your own. Also how inexpensive doing it yourself really is. Thanks to a sweet friend the bagels and the bread were generously shared. It took very little effort on my part to make them into something that will keep for ages on my pantry shelf without spoiling. That is a win-win!

There is no secret to making bagel chips or croutons. They are exactly what you think they are. Dried bread.

The mystery is solved.

Bagel Chips.

Bagel chips are as easy as 1.2.3.

A cutting board. A bagel. A bread knife.

It takes less than one minute to work your way through the entire bagel.

Lay the slices out on the dehydrator racks. The racks go into the Excalibur. Set the temperature at 115 degrees. And walk away.

The chips will be ready in a couple hours. Sometimes I set them right before bedtime and just let it run all night. Serve them as you would a cracker. With salad. With Cheese and fruit. With soup. With cream cheese and a touch of jelly. My kids eat them as snacks like chips. If you are carb conscious a few of these will satisfy your craving for something crunchy and crisp and you won’t eat the whole bagel. Just a few is enough.

Croutons.

The croutons are just as easy. They can be seasoned or plain. You can even grind them up after they have dried and use them as bread crumbs for other kitchen needs.

1. Cutting board. 2. Bread knife. 3. Bread loaf of your choice.

Slice the bread.

Cube the bread.

Season the bread cubes.

I don’t use oil. The bread is moist enough that the dried seasoning will grab hold and won’t shake off. This time I used granulated garlic and Italian seasoning mix.

Load the trays. Into the Excalibur and close the door. Set the temperature at 115 degrees. Walk away. I leave the bread cubes to go over night.

You’ll love the scent that fills your kitchen when these seasoned little cubes of crunchy delight are going. I kept thinking I was in an Italian deli. The kids kept wandering in asking what I was doing that smelled so yummy.

Again you can use them to top a salad. Serve with soup – croutons and tomato soup are a winter staple in my house. You can even make your own version of the popular stove top stuffing.

The best part?

12 bagels yeilded 2.5 gallons of chips. The croutons ended up at 2 gallons. The best part? Day old organic bread. No GMO grain products. Organic.

My kids will munch through the chips in about two weeks. The croutons will last much longer. They can be stored in a seal container and won’t go bad. The moisture has been removed and there is no worry about moldy bread. You can also seal the dried breads in a vacuum sealed bag and store them away in your pantry for later use. Again – they won’t go bad. The same technique is used if you use the cubes to make bread crumbs. Store them in an air tight container and use as needed.

You can do this with any bread. The next time you are in the grocery store check out the day old bread and see what you might be able to pick up at a discounted price. If you bake your own bread think how awesome it have your own baked goods dried and reserve for later use. It is so easy to throw together quick meals that seem as if you spent hours working to prepare them when you have a few little extras tucked away in the pantry.

Some of these croutons will repurpose themselves as bread crumbs for the coating for eggplant and/or chicken parmesan. Also as the holiday season approaches I’ll be putting together gifts for friends. A quart of homemade soup and a cone shapped cello bag filled with delightful croutons tied with a bow is a wonderful way to say “Hello, Neighbor, I appreciate you.” A jar of summer jam, a package of bagel chips and a box of bergamot and earl grey tea will warm up your friends on a cool winter evening. These are gifts that say more than anything you can buy. These are the way I like to say, “I love you and our friendship.”

Y’all come on over for supper. There’s always an extra place at the table. Salad dressing is in the fridge. There’s plenty of good food and we’d love the conversation.

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47 Responses to “DIY Croutons and Bagel Chips”

  • Linda says:

    Yum. Looks pretty easy and very good. Just wanted to say also my cherry cordial is bottled and sitting untill christmas. Thanks for all the good recipes.

  • Angie says:

    Linda, did you taste a sip? LOL

  • Tiger Baldwin says:

    YUM! The croutons are the best part of the salad. Very nice salad in the pic, though. My husband eats all the bad chips, I need to switch over to bagel chips. I bet the onion ones would be heavenly. I’ve only made one attempt at making bagels, they weren’t bad…. time for another try!

  • Angie says:

    Tiger, that was my breakfast. I forgot to take a photo of last night’s supper so I had to make a salad againt his morning. It’ll be lunch, too.

  • Bea says:

    I like the idea of having croutons that are not so loaded with fat that they basically undo the good of having a healthy salad if you ad them! Not so sure about bagel chips as I have never had them but I already have a half a dozen idea for their use as party/ entertainment snacks and nibbles!

  • Angie says:

    Without the dehydrator I would have to toast them either in the oven or in a pan with olive oil or butter. Which is fabulous in itself. But this way I don’t have to worry about the oil going rancid before we eat them all. And I can’t make the best bread crumbs if they are oily. Also it saves those calories for important stuff. Like red wine. And chocolate cake.

  • m says:

    looks good

  • Monica says:

    Looks delish!

  • Dee says:

    Bagel chips at Sams club are so darn expensive, it never occured to me that I could make my own! Thanks

  • Angie says:

    Dee, there probably isn’t a whole bagel in some those bags of chips found at the super market.

  • Pat Quigley says:

    Jen and I were just talking about making croutons but I never would have thought bagel chip. Thanks for the good ideas. Yumm!

  • Angie says:

    Pat, you can do any roll you like for a panetini cracker, too. I like the Italian bagets sliced thin and dried with a spinkle of garlic powder too.

  • Angie says:

    Laura, send your mom over here to comment to double your chances of winning. I know if she won she would give it to you. LOL

  • Tina says:

    They look great! I’ve never had bagel chips, bet they are great.

  • Angie says:

    Tina, they are wonderful in place of a cracker for appetizers. In fact I often think of them as a cracker not a bagel.

  • Carolyn says:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!

  • Carolyn says:

    now all i have to do is win the excalibur!!

  • Angie says:

    Carolyn, you are welcome! More dehydrator recipes to come. πŸ™‚

  • Jen says:

    Looks pretty easy and AWESOME!! can’t wait to get a dehydrator to start trying to make these things!! Thanks for all the great tips that you share on here. You always make everything sound so easy!

  • Angie says:

    You will get addicted and start looking for things to dry. LOL

  • Candy says:

    My Excalibur came yesterday and I can’t wait to use it. What kind of meat do you use for beef jerky? I’ve used flank steak in the past. Thanks Angie.

  • Angie says:

    I used steak if I find it on sale. We have a market here that slices the meat paper thin for stir fry and fajitas that I sometimes buy as well. It just depends on what is on sale when I am ready to make jerky.

  • Erin says:

    Duh, I can’t believe I never thought to make my own bagel chips! Those darn things are so expensive to buy. Thanks so much!

  • Angie says:

    I had a duh! moment AFTER I got my Excalibur when my youngest daughter asked for a bag of bagel chips at the grocery store and I got as far as putting them in the buggy. For Realz.

  • Carolyn says:

    I linked you! http://www.thebarberbunch.blogspot.com/2010/08/food-storage-series-snacks-bagel-chips.html

    I was so excited about this I had to post on my Blog!

    Can’t wait for more Excalibur recipes. It will come in handy when I win πŸ™‚

  • Karey Bohr says:

    Yummm…Thinking of the tomato soup i canned this summer makes the thought of winter not sound so bad! I like grilled cheese with mine, but tossing a few croutons in sounds good!

  • Bea says:

    πŸ™‚ I totally agree with you about saving for the good stuff like chocolate cake ! πŸ™‚

  • Ann Rein says:

    Looks delicious, Angie, I’ll have to try those bagel slices in my little dehydrator.

  • Angie says:

    You will love them, Ann. You can substitute them for anything you might use a cracker with.

  • Nick Rizzo says:

    leaves a nice small in the house dehydrating tomatoes and herbs together

  • Angie says:

    Tomatoes drying reminds of an Italian deli. LOL

  • Brenda says:

    Love the idea of making my own croutons & bagel chips! Thanks!

  • Linda says:

    Angie, Yes i did taste it. It was good, stronger then i thought it would be but it was good.

  • Angie says:

    It will be even better as it ages now. It will start to mellow. After a year, it is really coming into its own.

  • AkTomboy says:

    Wow these are making me hungry! And you have convinced me I need a dehydrator πŸ˜€

  • Angie says:

    They are great for snacks!

  • Laura says:

    I haven’t made those in a long time! I just sliced them thinly and broiled them on both sides. They came out VERY toasty… they probably would be good dehydrated..

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  • ALMI says:

    This is a great idea! I just started drying fruits and I can’t wait to try other things like breads, vegetables, spices and meat!

  • tony says:

    what causes the bagel chips have a rancid smell after a month or so
    couldn’t come from the oil that I am using

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