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Old 10-01-2006, 01:32 PM   #11
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Debbie,
I've always used the dried bread cubes for my stuffing. It was good, but nothing special. Last year one of the members and I don't remember who, said try making your own bread for stuffing. I thought okay I can do that, so I made two loaves of the bread recipe that was posted..The day beofre using I defrosted it and the tore it into bite sized pieces, I then just started adding the things we like. Sade, a little poultry seasoning,melted butter and some chicken stock, sauteed celery,onions,parsley,and mushrooms. stuffed my turkey with a little of it and the rest went into a casserole. For the first time in my cooking life, the stuffing was all gone before the next day..It turned out so great that even my brother-in-law, who thought stuffing was yukky had two helpings!!!! So, the bread doesn't have to be dry, you just need to be careful with the amount of stock and butter you add...If you are not into bread making and have a really good bakery, go get several loaves of bread and start with them.

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Old 10-01-2006, 01:45 PM   #12
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like what herbs do you recommend???


Wow thank you guys for all your help!!!!
Sage, poultry seasoning, salt, white pepper, thyme, parsley, finely diced/minced onion and celery (I always stuck mine in a blender/food processor), I too use sauteed mushrooms, and I think that's about it. I also boil the neck, livers, gizzard, with some onions, celery, carrots in water and some chicken stock - I use this mixture (strained, except I do mince up the liver and pull the meat off the neckbone) to moisten the bread cubes.

Remember, you are flavoring all those bland breadcrumbs - overseason a bit but you can always ADD - you'll be drying out more breadcrumbs if you overdo it!
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Old 10-01-2006, 03:21 PM   #13
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I, as Kadesma, don't dry my bread. But then, I usually don't bake it either. I do a stovetop stuffing. Just throw everything I want in a pot...bring to a boil...add torn up bread...and let it steam until it's the dryness I want.
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Old 10-01-2006, 03:39 PM   #14
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Here's what I do and have been doing for quite a few years.

I purchase generic inexpensive sliced bread and put it in the freezer until it's frozen hard. Then I take 4 pieces of frozen bread at a time and cut into rather large cubes because the cubes will shrink down as the moisture evaporates.

After I've cut the whole loaf into cubes, I put the cubes on the racks of my food dehydrator. I rotate the racks as the bread dries and, in about 2 hours, I have perfectly dried bread cubes for stuffing or croutons.

As I remove the cubes from the dehydrator trays, I put them in a large-holed metal strainer or seive and shake the crumbs into a bag for unflavored bread crumbs.

I used to dry my bread cubes in a low oven but, for me, it took too long and for some silly reason I always wanted to use the oven for something else whenever I was drying bread.
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Old 10-01-2006, 04:06 PM   #15
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Thank you thank you thank you!!! :)


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Old 10-01-2006, 04:34 PM   #16
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it can't be as easy.. and just cutting up bread into cubes and drying them out can it?

I have been to EVERY store in my city in Canada.. and Have not found ONE bag of dried cubed bread, to make my own stuffing for Their Thanksgiving in October... I asked at every store.. and they look at me like I have two heads.. they say " the boxed stove top is on Aisle 2" ugh! I don't want packaged stuff.. I want to make my own grrr

The bags I used to get in Washington.. were just bread cubes.. with some seasoning of some sort.. help
Debbie, bread cubes are always in the bakery, usually on the bottom shelves. At least they are in every Safeway of every Canadian city I've visited. There will be displays of them this week as Thanksgiving is this coming weekend. Look again. You'll find them. Otherwise, yes it is just as easy as cubing bread and drying it in the oven. I'm sure you have that answer a few times already, I didn't read the whole thread.
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Old 10-01-2006, 04:45 PM   #17
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Debbie, bread cubes are always in the bakery, usually on the bottom shelves. At least they are in every Safeway of every Canadian city I've visited. There will be displays of them this week as Thanksgiving is this coming weekend. Look again. You'll find them. Otherwise, yes it is just as easy as cubing bread and drying it in the oven. I'm sure you have that answer a few times already, I didn't read the whole thread.
ohhh I soo wish they had safeways here.... I think they just are on the west side of Canada.. maybe? We have Food basics, Canadian superstore, and Sobeys
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They have them at Sobeys too. I don't shop at Superstore though. But for sure at Sobeys. Ask at the bakery counter if you can't find them.
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Old 10-01-2006, 04:56 PM   #19
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They have them at Sobeys too. I don't shop at Superstore though. But for sure at Sobeys. Ask at the bakery counter if you can't find them.
I did.. and the manager even said to me... we have a hard time keeping up with bread crumbs, no time for cubes. He said, I could put in an order.. but, I think that... I am going to have some fun, making my own.. I love to make salad croutons.. soooo might as well, make stuffing ones to, right? LOL
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Old 10-01-2006, 05:00 PM   #20
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Well Debbie, I have to say you have me stumped. I have been all over Canada and I have NEVER been anyplace where they didn't sell bread cubes. LOL. You live in a very small town? I think you will find making bread cubes pretty easy. You might just want to use fresh bread for your stuffing if you run out of time. I've done that several times and it works just fine. I'm a pretty simplistic stuffing maker myself though. Nothing very fancy.

Good luck to you and I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.
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