This might seem like a no brainer, to make homemade breadcrumbs from old bread, but we live in a world where its more common to throw things away then to find another purpose for them so this post is to motivate you to think twice before tossing stale bread, end pieces, and other undesirable bread!
Ryan and I don’t eat a lot of bread. I never buy loaf bread at all, but occasionally I’ll buy a baguette for some french toast or garlic bread with a meal. We also love our campfire food! Hamburgers, sausages, etc. so I end up buying buns. Without fail, we somehow never use all of the buns! Usually 8 buns come in a pack and the sausages come in packages of 4 or 6. The healthier nitrate-free hotdogs I buy come in a weird quantity too. So inevitably we end up with a few spare wasted buns or they go stale before they get used. I also have a love for that reduced price cart by the bakery so usually if I buy a french or italian baguette, its from the reduced bakery cart, meaning its a little older. This means it will go bad quicker so we try to use it fast but don’t always succeed. The perfect solution is to use the bread to make breadcrumbs to use in meatloaf, meatballs, fried chicken, etc! So much cheaper than buying a can of breadcrumbs, and it saves bread from the trashcan!
Its SO easy! When you have a spare bun, end piece of a baguette, or stale bread, throw it in a freezer bag next to your freezer bag of vegetable scraps for your homemade veggie broth. 😉 You can use moldy bread too! I mean, within reason. If it has a few spots of mold, tear them off and throw em out! Freeze the rest, it’ll be okay. Hopefully you don’t let things go so far that they’re completely unsalvageable with mold. 😉 When you have a decent amount, or need some breadcrumbs, pulse the frozen bread in your food processor to make the crumbs, then toast it with a little butter, stirring constantly, until they turn a more golden brownish color (about 5-10 minutes), and you’re done! If you want italian breadcrumbs, throw some italian seasoning in there. So so easy and only takes ten minutes of your time!
I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy breadcrumbs again! They won’t last forever at room temperature like breadcrumbs from the store, so I try to make smaller batches at a time and I store the jar in the refrigerator which should last at least 1 month. If you store the breadcrumbs at room temperature they should last one or two weeks. You can also just freeze the breadcrumbs so you’ll have a stock of them ready to go. I have a small tiny freezer which is why I just make small batches and keep it in the fridge!
- Old, stale bread
- Freeze your stale bread.
- Pulse the frozen bread in the food processor until it is tiny crumbs.
- Put a dab of butter into a pan, let it melt, then add your breadcrumbs.
- Toast them, stirring constantly so you don't get burnt toast crumbs, until they're golden brown and crispy.
- Done! Store at room temperature for a week or two, in the fridge for about a month, or in the freezer indefinitely.