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    How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

    Published October 27, 2022. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Learn how easy it is to make homemade bread crumbs using leftover bread that can be used immediately in your next recipe. You will not believe just how simple these are to make.

    Bread crumbs are fantastic at elevating food and providing flavor and texture. My favorite ways to use them are in my Chicken Parmigiana or Breaded Pork Chops.

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    Bread Crumbs

    Bread crumbs are dried plain or flavored finely processed crumbs from drying or baking fresh bread. They are known as dry crumbs in the culinary world, different from fresh ones. There are many uses for breadcrumbs when it comes to cooking to enhance the flavors of your dish.

    The best part about bread crumbs is that they can be made entirely from leftover bread you have at home. It does not matter if you have leftover sourdough, brioche, or even plain slices of white bread. They can be used to make bread crumbs. What I’m trying to say is, stop throwing away unused bread.

    Ingredients and Substitutions

    breadcrumbs ingredients
    • Bread – Any unused fresh bread will work

    How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

    There are a few ways you can do this. The first one starts by adding unused fresh bread to a turned-off oven and letting it dry until it becomes dry and flaky. This is what my family usually does.

    sliced bread in the oven

    The second procedure would be to add slices or cubes of any leftover fresh bread, spread it out on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, and bake at 300° for about 35 to 40 minutes or until it becomes dried out and very lightly browned.

    sliced bread on a sheet tray

    Let the bread cool to room temperature if you did the second method.

    toasted bread slices

    Whether you dry them out over a few days or bake them until dry, add them in batches to a food processor and process them on high speed until the bread is very finely chopped and each grain is about the size of sand or slightly larger.

    breadcrumbs in a food processor

    Use right away or store in an air-tight container.

    breadcrumbs in an airtight container

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this up to several weeks before using.

    How to Store: Cover with an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. These will freeze well for up to 1 year.

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    Chef Notes + Tips

    • Any bread can be used to make bread crumbs.

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    How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

    Learn how easy it is to make homemade bread crumbs using leftover bread that can be used immediately in your next recipe.
    Servings: 2 cups
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1 loaf of fresh bread, cut or sliced up.

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 300°.
    • There are a few ways you can do this. The first one starts by adding unused fresh bread to a turned-off oven and letting it dry out until it becomes dry and flaky. This is what my family usually does.
    • The second procedure would be to add slices or cubes of any leftover fresh bread and spread it out on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, and bake at 300° for about 35 to 40 minutes or until it becomes dried out and very lightly browned.
    • If you did the second method, let the bread cool to room temperature.
    • Whether you dried them out over a few days or baked them until dry, add them in batches to a food processor and process them on high speed until the bread is very finely chopped and each grain is about the size of sand or slightly larger.
    • Use right away or store in an air-tight container.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make this up to several weeks before using.
    How to Store: Cover with an airtight container in a cool dark place for up to 3 months. These will freeze well for up to 1 year.
    Any bread can be used to make bread crumbs.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 460kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 17gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1603mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 232IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 218mgIron: 6mg
    Course: Ingredient
    Cuisine: American, german, Italian