Breadcrumbs are used in many recipes, from meatloaf to fried foods and casserole toppings. While you can buy breadcrumbs, it’s much easier to just make your own fresh breadcrumbs! Plus, they won’t have the preservatives or chemicals often in store-bought varieties. Here’s how to make homemade fresh breadcrumbs:
- Gather your ingredients and supplies. You can make breadcrumbs from any type of bread. You can also combine different types of bread. This is a great way to use up the ends of a loaf, leftovers, or stale bread. Keep in mind that you will still be able to taste the seasonings and flavor of the original bread in the crumbs. You’ll need about 4 regular-sized slices of bread for a cup of crumbs. You’ll also need a knife, blender, or food processor to turn the bread into crumbs. Food processors and blenders make fine, uniform crumbs, but a knife will also work.
- Get ready to make breadcrumbs. If you are using slices of white bread, trim the crusts off first if you want uniform breadcrumbs. If your bread is soft, let it sit on the counter for a couple of hours, and it will be much easier to cut. This is especially important if you’re using a blender or food processor, because soft bread will become gummy in the machine. You can also put the bread in a warm oven until it is slightly toasted, but be very careful not to overdo it. The line between perfectly toasted and burnt and smoking is not very hard to cross, so keep your eye on the bread.
- Cutting the bread. Now, cut the bread into crumbs. Try to make the smallest pieces you can, if you’re using a knife. If you’re using a blender or food processor, tear the bread into pieces and then feed the pieces into the machine slowly. Be careful not to over-fill it, or the blades will get stuck. Then, pulse the machine until you get the size of breadcrumbs that you want. You can also add seasonings, such as spices, herbs, or cheese, to change the flavor of your crumbs. If you intend to use these breadcrumbs in a recipe, make sure that the seasonings you add will complement the dish.
- Use or store the breadcrumbs. You can make a large batch of breadcrumbs all at once and then store them in zip-top freezer bags in the freezer. Then, when you need breadcrumbs, just thaw them and they’ll be ready to use.
Making your own breadcrumbs is an economical way to use up leftover bread. Plus, your breadcrumbs will be much tastier than the store-bought variety. Experiment with different seasoning to make flavorful breadcrumbs for any recipe.