How to Make Breadcrumbs

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“How to make breadcrumbs?” is one of the most common questions that home cooks have. Since breadcrumbs are versatile ingredients, it’s no surprise that many people want to learn a recipe to make them at home. I mean, how hard can it be, right?

Well, if you’re looking for a quick and easy homemade breadcrumb recipe that can rival any store-bought product, you’ve come to the right place. Stop letting your leftover bread go to waste, turn it into tasty breadcrumbs instead!

Make Breadcrumbs

Why You Should Make Breadcrumbs At Home

There are several good reasons for anyone to make their own breadcrumbs, and here are the most noticeable ones.

  • Breadcrumbs are surprisingly quick and simple to whip up at home. Basically, you only need a few bread slices, an air fryer, and a food processor.
  • You are free to adjust the taste of your breadcrumbs by using different kinds of bread or adding more seasonings. No more bland pre-packaged products!
  • You can use breadcrumbs for numerous delicious recipes. From savory dishes like meatloaf and fried chicken to yummy desserts like chocolate cake. They also work as a crunchy topping for salad.

Tools

As mentioned above, you only need 2 devices to make breadcrumbs. Even if you don’t own a food processor, there is an easy walkaround that I’ll include later.

  • Air fryer: My air fryer is the Pro I from COSORI. You can use the COSORI Pro II, which is easier to find right now. Note that the cooking time might differ slightly depending on the model.
  • Food processor: For grinding the bread into fine breadcrumbs.
Food Processor

Ingredients

Depending on your preference, you can choose to add seasonings to the breadcrumbs or not. If you like to keep things simple, the only ingredient you need is some bread slices.

  • Bread: I prefer white sandwich bread. You can also opt for leftover bread or any type of bread that’s not overly sweet.
  • Seasonings of choice (optional): Some people like to season their breadcrumbs with some spices. I usually keep mine unseasoned, but to each their own.
White Sandwich Bread

Directions

My homemade breadcrumbs recipe is super easy. With just a few steps, you’ll have a batch of tasty breadcrumbs for your meatloaf and deep-fried dishes.

Step 1: Cut The Bread Into Cubes

Cut the sandwich bread into 0.5-inch cubes.

Cut The Bread Into Cubes

Step 2: Air Fry The Cubed Bread

Put the cubed bread in an air fryer. Air fry them at 395 degrees F for 4 minutes.

Air Fry The Cubed Bread

Step 3: Grind The Bread

Using a food processor, pulse the air-fried bread finely to the desired texture.

Grind The Bread

Step 4 (Optional): Season The Breadcrumbs

If you want the breadcrumbs to have more flavor, toss them with a little salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, or your favorite spices. 

Season The Breadcrumbs

Notes

Below are a couple of useful notes to help you cook and store your breadcrumbs more effectively.

  • Instead of using a food processor, you can pour the fried bread into a resealable plastic bag and crush it with a pestle or a rolling pin. Make sure that the bag doesn’t tear easily.
  • To store the breadcrumbs, put them in an airtight food container and keep them at room temperature for about 1 month. You can also freeze them for about 3 months.
  • For an extra layer of protection, put them in a sealed plastic bag before placing them in the container.
  • You can choose to keep the crusts or remove them. Crustless bread results in finer breadcrumbs.
  • Besides using an air fryer, you can also bake the cubed bread in the oven at 300 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until crisp and dried.

Save Money With Homemade Breadcrumbs

Learning how to make breadcrumbs is one of the best decisions any home cook can make. Not only can you save money in the long run, but you can also bring new life to stale bread. After today’s recipe, you won’t have to spend a penny on store-bought breadcrumbs again.

What are you going to make with your breadcrumbs? If you haven’t had anything in mind yet, don’t hesitate to browse my website for many delicious cooking ideas. Lastly, please like and share this post with the people you know. Thank you so much.

How To Make Breadcrumbs Recipe

How To Make Breadcrumbs: The Easiest Way

Do you want to know how to make breadcrumbs easily at home? If the answer is yes, I have a quick and simple recipe for you! Say goodbye to packaged breadcrumbs today!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 135kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of sandwich bread
  • Seasonings of choice (optional)

Instructions 

  • Cut the sandwich bread into 0.5-inch cubes.
    Cut The Bread Into Cubes
  • Air-fry the cubed bread at 395 degrees F for 4 minutes.
    Air Fry The Cubed Bread
  • Pulse the air-fried bread finely to the desired texture with a food processor.
    Grind The Bread
  • Toss the breadcrumbs with your preferred seasonings (optional).
    Season The Breadcrumbs

Video

Notes

  • The total cooking time is for making 2 servings of breadcrumbs.
  • Instead of using a food processor, you can pour the fried bread into a resealable plastic bag and crush it with a pestle or a rolling pin.
  • To store the breadcrumbs, put them in an airtight food container and keep them at room temperature for about 1 month. You can also freeze them for about 3 months.
  • For an extra layer of protection, put them in a sealed plastic bag before placing them in the container.
  • You can choose to keep the crusts or remove them. Crustless bread results in finer breadcrumbs.
  • Besides using an air fryer, you can also bake the cubed bread in the oven at 300 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until crisp and dried.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg
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