DIY Breadcrumbs

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Learn how to make DIY breadcrumbs in this easy tutorial! Never buy breadcrumbs again at the grocery store!

Breadcrumbs are an essential ingredient to meatloaves, meatballs, breaded chicken, and other great dishes.

Packaged breadcrumbs are quite costly to buy and usually full of sodium and preservatives.

The amazing thing is that they’re actually quite inexpensive and easy to make yourself. After all, it’s just dried bread! It’s a great use of marked down bakery items, too.

How Do I Make Homemade Bread Crumbs?

Making your own bread crumbs is as easy as using your food processor. Tear bread into chunks (about 1 inch to 2 inch pieces) and place in the bowl of food processor or blender.

Pulse until you have the consistency you’d like. Store in the freezer in an airtight container or ziptop bag.

How Do I Make Homemade Bread Crumbs By Hand?

What if you don’t have a food processor? Well you can make these by hand! You would want to place your chunks of bread into a sealable plastic bag and then use a rolling pin to roll/smash them into crumbs.

If you are using fresh bread, then make sure to dry them out first by placing them in a 300°F oven for 12-15 minutes.

How Long Do Homemade Bread Crumbs Last?

You can store these in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for up to 1 month. You can also store these in the freezer in a resealable plastic bag for up to 3 months.

How Do I Make Panko Style Breadcrumbs?

To make panko-style bread crumbs, be sure not to process too finely.

Toast the crumbs on a lined baking sheet for 7 minutes at 300 degrees.

Cool completely before packaging and storing in the freezer.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Deborah Jennings says

    Jessica, I dry my bread before making crumbs out of it. I either lay it out on a cooling rack covered with a cloth, or pit it in the oven as low as it will go, or put it in the dehydrator.

    I have added Italian seasoning to my bread crumbs, too.

    • Jessica says

      @Deborah Jennings, that’s a great idea. Thanks.

    • Annie says

      I was just wondering how to dry my bread. Lots of half-eaten bags of buns and bread tossed into my freezer around here. And I wanted to take some of my Udi GF bread and make my own batch of meatballs.

      • Deborah says

        The way I dry mine is to turn the oven on as low as it will go. Place bread on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Turn over after about 10 minutes. Dry until crisp.

        My mother used to take stale bread cut it in points, 4 triangles per slice. She would put a little garlic butter on the bread points before baking. She made a cheese dip that had no tomatoes. It had Velveta cheese, real mayonnaise, and chopped jalapeño peppers in it. You need either a food processor, or a blender to make this. In a blender, mix small amounts at a time. In a food processor, you can do larger amounts. For the big size of Velveta, she used a pint of mayo. Jalapeños, as many as desired. We don’t like it real not. Oh, and use the pickled peppers. Add a little of the pepper juice if too thick. This is great and when refrigerated, will last a long time due to the vinegar in the pepper liquid.

      • I pulled out all those random bags of ends today and am making a ginormous batch of croutons. Might make them cinnamon sugar. Then they’ll be gone in about ten minutes.

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