You may have wondered how you can make bread crumbs. So often recipes call for bread crumbs, and you may feel like you need to rush out to the store and go purchase some bread crumbs. Did you know you can prepare these at home?
Breadcrumbs are very versatile: They can, thicken sauces, bind together meatballs, serve as a coating for chicken or even as a crunchy topping. They make a wonderful filler for quiches and frittatas. Bread crumbs can also help you lighten a heavy dish like a meatloaf because they give lots of structure but aren’t too heavy.
So often I have been making a recipe, and it asks for bread crumbs—I don’t know about you, but I hate to go to the store for one thing. It is very frustrating when you are cooking, and you need just one ingredient. Saving money is also a good thing, so whenever I have a stale loaf of bread, I like to make my homemade bread crumbs. Sure, bread crumbs don’t cost huge sums of money, but I love to save money whenever I can.
You might wonder about other ways to use this favorite ingredient. Some people like to use these to bread appetizers such as jalapeno poppers or even TGI Friday's Fried Cheese. This is also a great topping for a baked macaroni and cheese. You could also use these to thicken a gravy, or whenever you want to add a little something to a stuffed pepper. When used as a topping I sometimes like to coat the crumbs with a melted butter before a sprinkle it onto what is going to get baked. This way the topping crisps just a bit.
How to Make Bread Crumbs
You can make homemade bread crumbs, saving you both time and money. You can season your bread crumbs to your personal taste.
- Bread (any kind, in any amount you wish)
- Seasonings (optional)
Preheat the oven to 250 to 300 degrees F.
Lay bread slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 15 minutes, turn the slices over, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. The bread should be perfectly crisp when you remove it from the oven. It should snap when you break up the pieces of bread.
Place bread into either a mixer or a blender, and process until the bread crumbs have an even, fine texture.
You can season the bread crumbs before storing. You can add some dried parsley (fresh parsley will make the bread crumbs soggy, and make them spoil) or Italian seasoning. I like to add about 1/2 teaspoon of spices to 1 cup of bread crumbs.
Store your bread crumbs in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months. You don’t need to let the bread crumbs thaw before using.Print Recipe