Did you know it is super easy to make your own bread crumbs?  Yep… that’s right!  All that is needed is some stale bread and a food processor or blender, to save you money and another trip to the grocery store.It's super easy to make your own bread crumbs with some stale bread and a food processor or blender, to save you another trip to the grocery store.

I used to BUY bread crumbs at the grocery store, but a few years ago I started making my own.  It’s so easy to used leftover stale french bread to easily make them at home! I figure… why pay for it, if you can make the same amount with several pieces of stale bread drying out in the pantry? Right?

My husband LOVES french bread (my preferred bread type for making bread crumbs). He often picks up a fresh warm loaf at the grocery store, but since there are currently only 2 of us living in our home, parts of the original loaf that we don’t eat tend to go stale after a couple days.  Normally people waste stale bread by just throwing it in the garbage… but wait… now you can put it to good use!

To make that old stale bread “go the distance”, why not turn it into something you can use in other recipes?  I add these homemade crumbs to my Really Good Meatloaf, and they’re perfect to stretch out the filling in meatballs, too.  This ends up being a very frugal way to use up inedible stale bread, without wasting it or dumping any of it in the trash.

Are There Different Ways To Make Homemade Bread Crumbs? YES!

OPTION 1: Slice up any stale bread you have.  Even if it’s already stale, I simply leave it out, uncovered on the counter for a couple days, until it is CRISPY stale and very hard and dried out!

Another way to do this is to leave the bread in the fridge on a plate or tray, exposed to the air for a day or two. This will remove any moisture left in the bread (and the bread will not grow mold).

4 slices of French bread drying on paper towel

The next thing to do is break or cut the bread up into smaller sized pieces, and toss them, several pieces at a time, into a food processor with the blade attachment on. Continue to pulse and process bread chunks until they have broken down into fine crumbs.

Hard, stale bread is placed into food processor to make crumbs

OPTION 2: If you happen to be in a real hurry, and need those bread crumbs STAT… you can always cut the bread into cubes, spread the cubes onto a cookie sheet, and bake them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  You will need to check them and turn them to prevent burning, but this is another solution that might work for you.  Once you are done toasting them until crispy, process them as mentioned above.

How Do I Store Homemade Bread Crumbs?

Once the bread has been reduced to tiny crumbs, pour it into airtight, sealable jars (I like to use canning jars). If desired, use a funnel to fill the jar, and then use a long skinny skewer to clear any clogs in the funnel). You can store them in pantry.

Funnel is used to transfer bread crumbs into jar

See how many bread crumbs I got out of half a loaf of old, stale bread?  This is the perfect size bread crumbs to use if adding to meatballs or meatloaf, etc. A half loaf of French bread will typically yield about 2 cups of crumbs.

Canning jar, full of finely ground bread crumbs

Sometimes I like to leave the bread crumbs a bit larger, as you can see in the jar on the left (I can use this to make homemade stuffing, etc.). It’s really up to you how finely you process the bread.  The finely processed crumbs in the jar on the right are typically the size you would find in a grocery store, and is my “normal” size.

What If I Need ITALIAN Bread Crumbs?

By the way, if you need Italian bread crumbs for a recipe, no problem! It’s very easy to add a few spices to the bread crumbs to transform them.

To make Italian flavored crumbs, simply add salt, black pepper, dried parsley, oregano, basil, onion powder and garlic powder, and mix together until spices are fully incorporated! Exact measurements can be found in printable recipe below.

2 canning jars, full of homemade bread crumbs

It’s so easy to make this staple pantry ingredient… and there’s really no need to spend any extra money buying it!  You can also keep stale pieces of bread in a freezer bag in the freezer (and keep adding to the bag) until you have time to make a bunch of crumbs up! See what I mean? EASY PEASY!

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How To Make Bread Crumbs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

It's super easy to make your own bread crumbs with some stale bread and a food processor or blender, to save you another trip to the grocery store.

Category: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: make bread crumbs
Servings: 2 cups (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 289 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 loaf STALE french bread , sliced
For ITALIAN Bread Crumbs (optional), Add these ingredients (for every CUP of bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Slice up any stale bread you have.  Even if it's already a bit stale, simply leave it out, uncovered on the counter for a couple days, until it is CRISPY stale and very hard and dried out!

  2. Break or cut the bread up into smaller sized pieces, and toss them, several pieces at a time, into a food processor (or heay duty blender) with the blade attachment on. Continue to pulse and process bread chunks until they have broken down into fine crumbs.

  3. Once the bread has been reduced to tiny crumbs, transfer mixture into a jar (or container) with a lid, and store until ready to use.

  4. NOTE: I you wish to make ITALIAN bread crumbs, add the spices to the processed bread crumbs and mix well to fully combine ingredients. Transfer mixture into a jar (or container) with a lid, and store until ready to use.

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Bread Crumbs
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 513mg22%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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