homemade bread crumbs

Homemade Bread Crumbs – Easy!

by Seraphina's Kitchen on April 28, 2014

Bread crumbs are one of those useful ingredients that are very easy to make at home. All you need is bread, which is easy to buy and likely to be on-hand at home.

Essentially there are two types of breadcrumbs, fresh (sometimes called ‘soft’) and dried. It is worth noting that these should not be substituted for one another.

To make your own you will need the following quantities – it is always best to use fresh rather than stale bread.

Bread: one slice (untrimmed) will make around 1/2 cup of fresh breadcrumbs.

Toast: one slice (untrimmed) will make around 1/3 cup of dried breadcrumbs.

To make fresh (soft) bread crumbs.

  1. Cut or tear bread slices into quarters and place in a food processor.
  2. Use quick on/off pulses until you reach the desired texture. You can also use a blender but process just two slices at a time.

To make dried bread crumbs.

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Place a single layer of bread slices onto a baking sheet and bake until lightly browned and completely dry.
  3. When cooled completely break into smaller pieces and process in a blender or food processor. You could also place the dried bread pieces into a thick plastic bag, seal, and then crush with a rolling pin.

Crumbed chickenSeasoning your bread crumbs is easy to do and a much cheaper alternative to store-bought options. Add salt, pepper, crumbled dried herbs – or finely grated cheese!

To store, seal the bread crumbs tightly. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for at least six months.

Making your own breadcrumbs – quick, easy and money-saving!

No bread at home?

Many cereals can be crushed and used as a substitute – just avoid any sweetened ones. Try wheat, corn or rice flakes. Three cups of flakes will make around 1 cup of crumbs.

Cracker crumbs can also be used as a substitute for bread crumbs. Use 3/4 cup of crumbed crackers for every cup of bread crumbs required and if the crackers are already salted remember to adjust your seasoning.

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Caroline June 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

So simple!

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