How to Refrigerate or Freeze Bread Crumbs

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Both purchased and homemade bread crumbs are a useful addition to the home pantry. Use them to thicken meatballs and other ground meat dishes, as a coating for meats, or as a casserole topping. Cubed bread crumbs also make a suitable replacement for croutons on top of salads. With proper storage your bread crumbs can last in the pantry for up to a year without a loss in quality or flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking pan
  • Airtight container
  • Dry fresh-made bread crumbs completely before storing in the refrigerator. Frozen crumbs don't require drying. Spread the crumbs out on a baking sheet and bake in a 300 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crumbs are dry and golden brown.

  • Cool the bread crumbs to room temperature. Place them in a tightly sealing container or plastic bag and seal closed.

  • Place the bread crumbs in the refrigerator or freezer. Store for up to six months in the fridge or up to 12 months in the freezer.

  • Use the bread crumbs in cooked dishes straight from the fridge or freezer -- there is no need to thaw them. Thaw at room temperature for one to two hours prior to serving uncooked, such as a salad topping.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make your own bread crumbs by cubing then baking fresh bread in the oven for up to 30 minutes.
  • You can store also store dried bread crumbs for up to six months in a tightly sealed container in the pantry.
  • Do not refrigerate soft or fresh crumbs in the fridge, as they become soggy within a few days. Fresh crumbs are also more prone to mold than dried crumbs.

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