Don’t throw away those last few crackers, that end of a loaf of bread that is past it’s prime or that half a bagel no one ate. . . do the frugal thing and turn it into breadcrumbs.
Breadcrumbs are easy and economical to make at home! No matter what your budget, you can make these basically for free.
1. Save it.
Create a bread “catch all” in your freezer. I like to use a large gallon size zippered baggie for this. I just toss in my bread ends and such until the bag is full.
Don’t worry about mixing types of bread-as long as you don’t mix sweet and savory you can use just about anything.
Of course bread is the obvious choice, but don’t count out crackers and chips-you know the ones that have just started to go stale but are really still ok.
You can even use unsweetened cereal and pretzels. Be brave!
2. Toss it.
Just put everything into your handy dandy food processor.
3. Grind it.
Depending on how much you have in your catch all bag, you may need to do this in a couple of batches.
The longer you grind up the bread, the finer the resulting bread crumbs will be. I don’t mind a little bit of irregularity to mine-I’m not looking for bread dust. . .
4. Store it till you need it.
Since these are fresh, I would not store then at room temperature. I just pop mine back in a bag and toss the completed breadcrumbs into the freezer for storage.
Optional Step: If you simply MUST have dry bread crumbs rather than fresh, I have read that you can spread the crumbs in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 10-12 minutes. I’d keep a careful eye on it-you don’t want charcoal crumbs.
So what can you use these homemade bread crumbs for? Anything you would normally use breadcrumbs for! I have used mine to bread schnitzel, as filler in meatloaf, salmon loaf & meatballs, to sprinkle (with melted butter) on top of casseroles. . . just about anything really.
What would you use these homemade breadcrumbs for?