How to store homemade bread crumbs

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How to store homemade bread crumbs
Use any bread for homemade breadcrumbs. (bread composotion image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Homemade breadcrumbs taste fresher than store-bought--but only if you store them correctly. Just as with bread, when you do not keep your breadcrumbs properly, they dry out and become stale or mouldy in a damp environment. When you keep your homemade breadcrumbs in the right manner, they will be readily available anytime you need a coating for frying or as a crunchy topping for a casserole.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dried or fresh bread scraps
  • Food processor
  • Resealable freezer bag
  • Baking pan

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill food processor halfway with fresh or dried bread scraps.

  2. 2

    Pulse the food processor several times until the breadcrumbs reach the desired texture.

  3. 3

    Pour the homemade breadcrumbs into a freezer bag or air tight jar.

  4. 4

    Push excess air from a bag and seal.

  5. 5

    Store the container of breadcrumbs made from fresh bread in the refrigerator for one week.

  6. 6

    Keep the bag of homemade breadcrumbs made from dried scraps in the pantry.

  7. 7

    Revive stale breadcrumbs made with dried bread. Scatter the dried breadcrumbs into a single layer on a baking pan, and crisp them in a 121 degrees Celsius oven until lightly toasted.

Tips and warnings

  • Dry bread scraps (to make dried breadcrumbs) by arranging them in a single layer on a baking pan. Heat in the oven at 121 degrees Celsius for up to one hour or until completely dried. Allow to cool completely before putting into a food processor.

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