How to Store Bread Crumbs

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Bread crumbs that are stored in the freezer do not need to be thawed to use in recipes.
Bread crumbs that are stored in the freezer do not need to be thawed to use in recipes. (Image: bread image by andrew chambers from Fotolia.com)

For such a simple ingredient, bread crumbs are versatile in a variety of dishes. Most commonly, bread crumbs are used to make a crunchy topping for casserole dishes such as baked macaroni and tuna casserole. Fish and chicken breasts often are coated with bread crumbs for frying, and they also are used as a filling for meatballs. You can use any type of bread to make bread crumbs as long as the bread is dry enough to crumble. Save money and make bread crumbs a home. You easily can store bread crumbs at home in the refrigerator or freezer until you need them.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry bread (any kind)
  • Food processor
  • Oven
  • Freezer bag

Tear up dry pieces of bread, and place them in a food processor. Ends of breads loaves work well, but you also can put fresh bread in the oven to dry it out so it will crumble. You can use stale bread for bread crumbs, although opinions differ on whether fresh or stale bread crumbs taste better.

Grind the bread in the food processor until it is the desired consistency.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the bread crumbs out on a baking sheet, and place the sheet in the oven until the bread crumbs become golden-brown and crispy looking. Remove the sheet from the oven and allow the bread crumbs to cool.

Place the bread crumbs in a re-sealable, plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible. Store the bread crumbs in the refrigerator for up to one week. Bread crumbs can be stored in a plastic freezer bag or container for up to six months.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can leave fresh bread out uncovered for a few days to dry it out.

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