Homemade Bread Crumbs
It's so easy to make homemade bread crumbs... you'll never need to buy them at the store again!
Cost: $2 (less if you use homemade bread)
Lay bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Set out to dry overnight.
If you're using fresh bread, it might still feel a little soft after sitting out. If this is the case, stick the baking sheet of sliced bread into the oven and toast for 5 to 10 minutes at 350° F.
Pulse bread in a food processor until the crumbs reach the desired consistency. Alternatively, put bread slices in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
Lay the bread crumbs in a single layer on two baking sheets. Toast them in the oven at 350° F for 5 to 7 minutes, or until dry and just beginning to turn golden. Halfway through toasting, rotate the baking sheets and turn over the crumbs with a spatula. Don't leave your breadcrumbs unattended in the oven... they can burn quickly!
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- If you don't use breadcrumbs often, you don't need to make a big batch at once. You can make breadcrumbs with just 1 or 2 slices of bread to toss into whatever dish you're making.