How to Make and Cook with Bread Crumbs

by katiem2

Bread crumbs make so many dishes great giving them that added touch and comfort that warms the heart and soul of any hungry tummy.

Selecting just the right ingredients is a vital step to cooking great food. Bread crumbs are a versatile and yet delicious contribution to many a mouth watering dish. You can buy commercial bread crumbs but preparing your own is both healthy and delicious.

Using whole grain breads is a great and simple option. You can easily make dishes more attractive and tasty with good ingredients like whole grain bread crumbs. It feels good knowing you've put the extra love and good ingredients into your recipes.

When to Use Bread Crumbs

Bread crumbs are a great addition to so many foods and dishes.

When recipes specify fine, dry bread crumbs, their referring to the commercial type purchased either plain or seasoned.  You can easily replace this commercial ingredient with homemade whole grain, sour dough or other bread crumbs all from bread you use daily. Homemade is a healthy option with better texture, flavor and so easy  to do.

Making Homemade Bread Crumbs

Option 1 - Toast stale whole grain, sour dough or other breads you have around the house; crumble the toast in a blender of food processor to the desired consistency.

Option 2  - Grind stale bread in the blender or food processor, spread the bread crumbs out on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, check, turn bread crumbs over returning for another 15 minutes or until golden.

This is a great way to save money and use stale bread, including the heals that nobody eats. You may save leftover bread in the freezer until you have the amount you need. Then make the leftovers into bread crumbs storing in freezer bags until needed. The bread crumbs remain loose and free-flowing allowing easy measuring. Don't leave the bread crumbs out to thaw before returning to the freezer as they get soggy.  I like storing bread crumbs in a plastic container with a pour spout for easy use and long term safe storage locking in freshness.

Other Bread Crumb Uses

Bread crumbs are commonly used in many great dishes.

Breading, breading is a technique of coating the outside of food which is sautéed or fried. The food is dredged in a milk and egg mixture before being lightly brushed or rolled in the bread crumbs. Bread crumbs gives the food a tasty crispy coating.

Filling, bread crumbs is an excellent filler in puddings, casseroles, quiches, and frittatas, giving the food more body, a lighter texture and reducing cost by reducing expensive ingredients.

Topping, bread crumbs are commonly used as a topping to form a pleasing crispy brown crust on the surface of baked dishes. Bread crumbs also help to maintain a moist dish as the crumbs form a barrier keeping the dish from drying out.

Now that you've become knowledgeable about bread crumbs, how to make your own bread crumbs and when to use them do enjoy bread crumbs.  You will never shy away from recipes that include bread crumbs as there is always a loaf of bread laying around going stale.

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Updated: 08/21/2012, katiem2
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katiem2 on 03/31/2012

Miaden, great to have you here, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, its always great to hear from you.

Mladen on 03/30/2012

I love dishes with bread crumps, but I never considered making my own bread crumps. I must try it! Thank you for these great ideas...

katiem2 on 03/09/2012

2uesday, We always seem to have lots of old bread in our house, we save some for bread crumbs and feed some to the birds.

katiem2 on 03/06/2012

Angel, You'll find you have many opportunities to make your own bread crumbs and they are great.

Angel on 03/06/2012

I have never made my own bread crumbs... guess I will have to try now that I know how. Thanks.

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