There are certain things that we just really never spend our hard-earned money on, and breadcrumbs are definitely one of them. Once you see how very easy they are to make you will never need (or want) to buy them again. We all wind up with pieces of bread that seem destined for the trash: ends of the loaves of sliced sandwich bread, that one last piece of Italian bread that no one ate, bread from the bakery that became stale, etc. Save all of this bread! If you don’t have enough to go through the trouble of making bread crumbs at the time, throw it in a large Ziploc bag, remove as much air as you can, and put it in the freezer until you are ready. Here’s what to do when you are ready:
You will need:
Non-Edibles: Cookie sheets, food processor, storage container
Edibles: Bread pieces, seasonings (if desired)
First, if you have any frozen bread that you will be using, completely defrost and bring it to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350°. Cut the bread into 1” cubes and place on one or more cookie sheets, depending on the amount of bread you have. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely. Then simply place your bread into the food processor, only fill it about 2/3 full at a time. Add in any seasonings you would like: perhaps a mixture of Italian seasonings or maybe just some sea salt and pepper, or plain works nicely as a blank canvas. Then place a dish towel over your food processor and pulse until you get a texture about that equal to beach sand. The towel will help keep in any dust that may try to escape during the process. Repeat this process until you have all of your bread pieces crumbed then store in an airtight container until ready to use – voila!
Making homemade breadcrumbs is quick, easy & economical