How to Store Homemade Bread Crumbs

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Use any bread for homemade bread crumbs.
Use any bread for homemade bread crumbs. (Image: bread composotion image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Homemade bread crumbs taste fresher than store-bought--but only if you store them correctly. Just as with bread, when you do not keep your bread crumbs properly, they dry out and become stale or moldy in a damp environment. When you keep your homemade bread crumbs in the right manner, they will be readily available anytime you need a coating for frying or as a crunchy topping for a casserole.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried or fresh bread scraps
  • Food processor
  • Resealable freezer bag
  • Baking pan

Fill food processor halfway with fresh or dried bread scraps.

Pulse the food processor several times until the bread crumbs reach the desired texture.

Pour the homemade bread crumbs into a freezer bag or air tight jar.

Push excess air from a bag and seal.

Store the container of bread crumbs made from fresh bread in the refrigerator for one week.

Keep the bag of homemade bread crumbs made from dried scraps in the pantry.

Revive stale bread crumbs made with dried bread. Scatter the dried bread crumbs into a single layer on a baking pan, and crisp them in a 250 degrees Fahrenheit oven until lightly toasted.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dry bread scraps (to make dried bread crumbs) by arranging them in a single layer on a baking pan. Heat in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for up to one hour or until completely dried. Allow to cool completely before putting into a food processor.

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