There is nothing like homemade bread crumbs to improve the taste of your dish.
Fresh homemade bread crumbs taste far better than store-bought bread crumbs and
they are so easy to make! Making your own bread crumbs also saves money since
commercial bread crumbs are expensive.
Since I like to make homemade bread, I always seem to have end pieces around that I target and save for making homemade bread crumbs.
Any type of bread (white, wheat,
sourdough, rye, etc.) can be used. There's nothing wrong with
combining various breads - why let them go to waste? The mixture of
various breads also gives your dishes some wonderful taste
don't use stale bread in this process. Stale bread makes
for stale tasting breadcrumbs. You need to use dry bread only. If
you bread is too fresh, just bake fresh bread slices in a slow oven
a oven until slightly dry. I usually wait until I
have enough bread slices to fill my food processor before making the
crumbs. Just store your odds and ends of bread in a large
re-sealable plastic bag in the freezer until ready to make your
homemade bread crumbs.
If your bread is not dry enough to
crumble in the food processor, place bread piece/slices on an
ungreased baking sheet. Bread pieces will dry faster and evenly when
they are laid out in a single layer, rather than when the pieces are
stacked; allow a bit of room between pieces to dry properly. Bake in
a 300 degree F. oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. About
halfway through, turn them over so they dry evenly. Remove from oven
and let cool.
Tear dried bread into smaller pieces
and place in your food processor. Whirl until desired coarseness.
NOTE: I like to grind mine until a coarse texture. This way, if I
need finer crumbs, I just regrind the amount needed when making my
If you don’t have a supply of homemade bread crumbs in your
freezer, and you need a small amount for your recipe:
Use 1 or 2 slices of bread. Dry in
oven. Place dry bread slices in a re-sealable plastic bag, and using
your rolling pin or a large drinking glass, roll over the top of the
plastic bag and crush bread until desired coarseness.