Sunday, February 17, 2013

How to Make Bread Crumbs (Soft, Fine Dry, or Seasoned)

Have you read the ingredient list on a package of store-bought bread crumbs?

Especially if you're already buying wholesome, all-natural bread or baking your own at home, it makes sense to stop buying bread crumbs and start making them at home. Whether you want soft bread crumbs or fine dry bread crumbs, plain or seasoned, it's super-easy to turn fresh or stale bread into home-made, wholesome bread crumbs. Here's how:

For Soft Bread Crumbs:  You'll get roughly 3/4 cup soft crumbs for every slice of sandwich bread. Simply tear by hand into small pieces; OR tear each slice into quarters, place a few torn slices in a food processor or blender, cover and pulse until coarsely chopped.

For Fine, Dry Bread Crumbs (Unseasoned):  Place slices of stale bread on a baking sheet and bake at 300°F until crisp and dry. Allow to cool, then place slices in a large resealable plastic bag, seal and crush with a rolling pin. Alternatively, break a few slices of crisped bread into the bowl of your food processor or blender, cover and pulse until finely ground. Each slice will make about 1/4 cup fine crumbs.

For Seasoned Fine, Dry Bread Crumbs:  Before baking, lightly brush each slice of stale bread with olive oil or melted butter, sprinkle with desired seasoning (e.g., Italian herbs, garlic powder, sea salt & crushed black pepper, BBQ seasoning, grated Parmesan cheese, etc.), and then bake and process as described above.

Zestfully yours,

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