How to Store Homemade Bread Crumbs

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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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