Wondering if store-bought bagged bread cubes are fine for stuffing. Does it matter?
Does it make any difference in a dish like stuffing? If you advise making my own, how exactly should I do it? I mean do I dry the cubed loaves in the oven, leave them sitting out...?
Thanks for your help.
If you like white bread or french bread in your stuffing (as opposed to cornbread, sourdough, multigrain or what not), then those store-bought bags are totally fine & a small timesaver. I'm of the camp that old stale bread is for stuffing, fresh homemade bread is for eating out of hand.
Either buy the bread 2-3 days early to get stale, or dry in a low 200 degree oven. You want it absolutely dry so it can soak up the liquids of your stuffing recipe (just make sure your recipe will have liquids!)
Despite how little I care for the Whole Foods chain, I always buy their bagged bread cubes for T-Day. The cubes are a bit smaller than I would prefer and the type of bread they bag is a bit random, but with everything else that has to get done before Thursday, this seems like a small sacrifice to make.
Also, I live in area that has an absolute dearth of decent bread, so Whole Foods is really my only option here. With all the other ingredients that are going into the stuffing, I don't think your guests will realize that you didn't spend the extra hour sawing away at 2 lb. boules.