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Old 10-02-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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We often have bread leftover that is not longer as good as fresh bread the next day. Would like to use it to make bread crumbs for various recipes. Does anyone know an easy way to make bread crumbs out of such leftover? It's usually from long french baguette. Should we leave the bread in the air to dry out completely before making it? The process has to be as easy as possible. Thanks
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I just break it up in to smaller pieces and run it through my mini food processor.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: California
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Whether to dry or not, depends on what your end use will be. If you want a crunchy topping then dry it but if you are doing to put on top of a casserole then don't as it will dry in the oven. Also, if you are going to store it after it goes through the blender, use dry crumbs so it won't mold and place in an air tight jar or bag.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Thanks. Mainly it's for coating meat or fish. Will it work if just leave the bread in the air for a day or two when it gets dried, then crush it?
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:56 PM
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I would lightly toast it in the oven on a baking tray.
Temp @ about 250°. Place slices on sheet (slice long ways, or on a diagonal) on middle rack of oven.
Check after 10 minutes or so. If it's golden brown, turn, repeat.
If not, leave in alittle longer, checking every couple of minutes.
You want to make sure the interior of each piece is also dried.
Let cool, the crush either by placing pieces in a tea towel and using a rolling pin, or empty bottle of wine to crush.
Or if you have a cuisinart, blender - but that may grind them too fine-so be careful, or even an electric chopper, using pulser, checking for courseness.

Store in airtight container.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I just break it up in to smaller pieces and run it through my mini food processor.
Fresh breadcrumbs are the best use I've found for my mini. It doesn't really chop vegetables all that well. My favorite breadcrumbs are made from what my supermarket calls potato bread. Sometimes they have small loaves for $1 and I pulse the whole thing.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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We often have bread leftover that is not longer as good as fresh bread the next day. Would like to use it to make bread crumbs for various recipes. Does anyone know an easy way to make bread crumbs out of such leftover?
VitaMix blender video.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I usually buy dry bread crumbs, but I save odds and ends of bread in a baggy in the freezer to make the fresh bread crumbs that I use for certain recipes. Then I put it into my mini chopper to crumb it up.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Temporarily, in Limerick
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My mum used to make breadcrumbs by putting stale/leftover bread on a cookie tray in the oven overnight. If you've a gas oven, the pilot light is enough to make it crunchy. BTW, it's a great way to de-stale pretzles, cookies, chips, as well, rather than tossing them.

Then she would drop the bread into a plastic/paper bag, place it flat on the table & have us kids roll over it with wooden rolling pins... or... place small amounts in a blender... or... grind it in a manual meat grinder... this was pre food processor days.

She'd place crumbs in empty mayo jars, some pre-seasoned, others plain. I love that you're doing this rather than purchasing them. I love to save money!
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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Make your own bread. One-day or two-day old bread make wonderful breadcrumbs.

Or buy real bread from a bakery or the bakery section of the grocery store.

Supermarket bread is worthless. Nothing but air. They are only good for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
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