When I started making my own breadcrumbs, it wasn’t because I wanted to. It really came about because I couldn’t find any organic brands in the store (however you can order them online through Amazon or Vitacost). I still use store bought when I need to for larger dishes and I have the time to plan and go shopping.
When I don’t have any stale bread reserved for the task (I’m not a good planner when it comes to cooking), I grab about 4 slices, throw them in the toaster oven, wait, let them cool, then blend them up. Still takes a little bit of time, but fast than running to the store.. and I get my organic breadcrumbs.
Taking the time to make your own homemade organic breadcrumbs is not hard or difficult, or even time consuming at all. There are basically two ways and I’ll highlight the fastest one in this article (watch my video below).
The first method is to take bread and let it go stale over time. You can do this by leaving it out in the open on a pan like a cookie sheet or something of the like.
Cover it with cloth to keep dust off and let it remain until it gets hard through and through. Put it through a blender and there you have it. The problem is this can take at least a few days depending on the type of bread.
My method of making quick breadcrumbs
- Use the bread of your choice. I use whatever I have on hand, sometimes its a baguette or sometimes its just sliced whole wheat bread.
- Bake in the oven or toaster oven until it is obviously dried out (not burnt). I’d recommend about 350F if baking in an oven for about 10-15 minutes – you might have to flip it half way through. *see tip below*
- When finished, let cool so no moisture is in the bread
- Break into smaller pieces (if you can tear them and there is no crunch, they aren’t toasted enough) and add to a blender or processor like the Cuisinart one I talk about here. I’ve used our NutriBullet as well as our VitaMix blender.
- When done, use for your recipe or store in air tight container
Quick Recipe Video:
Here are some of my tips I think anyone would find helpful:
- If you have a toaster oven, I find that the toasting setting will dry it out enough, unlike a regular pop up toaster. I toast on a low setting a few times so to not make the bread burn.
- Make sure you let the bread cool down before blending otherwise the moisture will cause the crumbs to clump
- Use organic bread and then you’ll end up with organic breadcrumbs
- Add in any salt and pepper to suit your tastes – even your own Italian herbs (dried of course)