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How to Make Dried Bread Crumbs – the cheap & easy way.

How to Make Dried Bread Crumbs. The cheap & easy way. Use them in everything from stuffing & meatloaf to our fantastic Homemade Shake ‘n Bake recipe!

How to make dried bread crumbs for everything from meatloaf to our fantastic homemade Shake and Bake recipe!

How to make Dried Bread Crumbs

So why does anyone need to know how to make dried bread crumbs? Am I really that big of a cheapskate that I can’t just buy them in those cardboard cylinders at the supermarket? 

Well, the cheapskate part is debatable. Spouse says I spend like a kid in a candy store on allowance day most times!

It’s true that I am not known for self denial in the pursuit of savings. The truth is what I really hate is waste.

There are countless examples here on Rock Recipes of how I despise food waste in particular. I always encourage readers to think of new ways to repurpose leftovers and to stretch their food budgets. 

Yes, it is only a couple of bucks for a can of dried bread crumbs, I do realize. But you probably are already throwing out the remnants of loaves of bread which don’t get used.

Therefore, you could have a practically limitless supply of dried breadcrumbs for next to nothing.

Theres also the fact that you can use one of our seasoning blends to custom make your own seasoned bread crumbs. Our Homemade Italian Seasoning, Montreal Steak Spice or Barbecue Spice Mix Seasoning Blend added to some of these crumbs would make amazing would all make amazing version of seasoned breadcrumbs.

How to make dried bread crumbs for everything from meatloaf to our fantastic homemade Shake and Bake recipe!

Dried bread crumbs out of the oven.

Use them in meatloaf, in poultry stuffing, as a burger binder, to coat baked fish, to make delicious real chicken nuggets with chicken breasts, there are plenty of great uses. I even use them as the binder in my sausages! 

Of course the number one use lately in our hose is as the base for our homemade version of Shake n’ Bake! “We call it Better than Shake ‘n Bake” because we honestly think the flavour is far better! it’s a recipe that You’ll definitely have to try for yourself.

If you’re interested in trying it for your self, you can find my recipe for Homemade Shake ‘n Bake right here.

Better than Shake 'n Bake Chicken

Better than Shake ‘n Bake Chicken

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How to make dried bread crumbs for everything from meatloaf to our fantastic homemade Shake and Bake recipe!
How to Make Dried Bread Crumbs - the cheap & easy way.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
How to Make Dried Bread Crumbs - the cheap & easy way. Use them in everything from stuffing & meatloaf to our fantastic Homemade Shake 'n Bake recipe!
Servings: 3 to 4 cups fine dried bread crumbs
Author: Barry C. Parsons
Ingredients
  • 8 cups coarsely ground bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Use bread that is about 3 days old but not completely stale. You can use a box grater or a food processor or to make coarse bread crumbs from bread slices.

  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and spread the coarse crumbs out evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes and then toss the crumbs before returning them to the oven for another 30 minutes or more.
  4. The length of time in the oven varies between bread types and their moisture content. Some may need up to 90 minutes. Just be sure the crumbs are very dry and crumble easily when squeezed between your fingers.
  5. Let the crumbs cool off for about 20 minutes, then return them to the food processor and grind them to as fine a consistency as you require. Some people like to grind smaller  portions as they need them for specific recipes.

  6. In any case, store your dried bread crumbs in an airtight container and they will last for several weeks.


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Joanne Trepanier

Monday 9th of August 2021

Barry...... I have been following you for several years, and do enjoy your recipes...... I think they are delicious and very innovative..... I also save my extra bread and put it into my blender to grind it up..... I can only do 1 or 2 pieces at a time, but some times that's all I need! I hate to always bring out my heavy food processor for something like a piece of bread.... I also will grind up several pieces of bread and put them into a plastic bag to freeze, taking a handful or so out when I need it....!!!!!

Charlotte

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Re temperature- 250c or 250f ?

debbie

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Thank You for recipe, I have been doing this for years ,always have crumbs in freezer & have given them to neighbors & our daughter they can spice them as they wish . Always have bread in freezer for this . But want to try your seasoning combo as I add as I go but handier to have the pre mixed. TY

Diane M.

Sunday 26th of January 2020

Thank you for these guidelines on making dry breadcrumbs. When I needed some to make Swedish meatballs I discovered that my 2/3 full container was opened 2-1/2 years ago!! Obviously they're not a big mover in my kitchen. Instead of buying a fresh box that might also languish in the pantry, I grabbed some bread scraps and, voila! I'm all set.

Ann

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

Can I freeze the breadcrumbs?

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