Green Your Life: How to Make Homemade Breadcrumbs and Croutons

| 12/2/2010 3:18:26 PM

I hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year, which means now I’m also hosting a refrigerator full of leftovers. But because of its impending “use by” date, one of the foods I couldn’t hold on to was the extra bread. I couldn’t stomach seeing it thrown in the trash, so I decided to take yet another lesson from my mother and use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons.

drying bread 
Drying the bread before transforming it into breadcrumbs in a food processor is important because if the bread is too moist, it will clump when blended. When flavoring the breadcrumbs, don’t feel compelled to over-season because you can always add more later. Photo By Dani Hurst. 

How to make breadcrumbs 

various seasonings (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place slices of bread on an ungreased cookie sheet in a single layer and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until dry. Flip the slices halfway through to ensure they dry evenly and don’t burn.

2. Rip dried bread into smaller pieces and place in a food processor. Pulse a few times, then add salt, pepper and desired seasonings. Continue blending until the bread crumbs are the preferred consistency.