Homemade Bread Crumbs Recipe

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Learn To Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

 

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.

 

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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 is nothing wrong with combining various breads – why let them go to waste?  The mixture of various breads also gives your dishes some wonderful taste experiences!


Please, do not 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 dish.


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If you do not 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 resealable 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.

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14 Responses to “Homemade Bread Crumbs Recipe”

  1. Kathi

    How do you store the unused crumbs or do you have to use them all shortly after making them?

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    • Linda Stradley

      I store the bread crumbs in my freezer. This way I always have bread crumbs available when needed.

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  2. Patience Archibong

    do i need to spice my bread crumbs before using?

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  3. Mitchell

    The recipe requires 1 cup of firmly packed bread crumbs. Approx. how many slices would that take?

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    • Brenda

      I have not measured how many slices would make a cup since I always make a large batch of bread crumbs for storage in my freezer for recipes. Also there are different sizes and thicknesses of bread so it would be difficult to give an exact answer.

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  4. Brenda

    I had a loaf to get smashed and so I made bread crumbs out of it, It looks like flour, almost . Do I need to cook it and how do I store it?

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    • Linda Stradley

      It sounds like you over ground the bread – you want coarse crumbs. I store my homemade bread crumbs in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer.

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  5. Jan E Beck

    Thanks for this instruction. I live 17 miles from the closest grocery store and never seem to have “bread crumbs” when called for in a recipe. Also, I throw away bread that isn’t molded because I’ve already bought a new loaf and my pantry is too full to hold both. I will NEVER throw out a short loaf again. And hopefullly, I will ALWAYS have bread crumbs in the freezer now.

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  6. Oyin

    Can I microwave the bread to make it dry?
    (I don’t know how to use an oven)
    Thank you.

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    • Linda Stradley

      I, personally, have never microwaved bread to make crumbs. From what I have been told, microwave on high power for 5 minutes, or until crunchy.

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  7. Rob

    when u put fresh bread into the food processor, and then gets coursed breadcrumbs, how u stil make them dry like the ones u buy in shop.
    do you keep them out and dry them with air, or just use as is, when in meatloaf.

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    • Linda Stradley

      You need to dry the fresh bread in the oven before grinding in the food processor.

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  8. Amy Robart

    I want to make chicken cutlets and was wondering what spices to add to my homemade bread crumbs?

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