10.23.2012

What Do You Get When You Cross Dried Bread with a Food Processor?

You get breadcrumbs of course. In my household, you won't see any pre-made or box of food stuffs. I grew up with a lot of food items homemade and I continue that. Why, because I control what goes into my body and I would prefer to know what I am feeding myself and my husband. Whenever we buy a loaf of bread, we hardly ever finish the loaf before it starts goes stale. So what do I do? I let it go stale and all dried up and then you have a loaf perfect for homemade breadcrumbs.
How do you make homemade breadcrumbs?
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Easy enough, right? I just cut the dried bread up into chunks and pulverize them into pieces in the food processor.

Need ideas of how to use breadcrumbs when cooking?

Dip a chicken breast, or strips of chicken or  or a filet of fish in some, flour then eggs and then coat the breast in seasoned breadcrumbs and then cook in the oven!
I made baked chicken stripes for dinner last night. Am I 12 again? Maybe...

Use breadcrumbs when making meatballs or when making a meatloaf.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs in place of croutons on your tomato soup or any other soup.
Put breadcrumbs in your spaghetti dish for an added crunch.
If you are making stuffed peppers, sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top of the filling for some extra texture.
There are many uses for breadcrumbs but do yourself a favor, don't buy a box of breadcrumbs but with that leftover loaf of bread you bought for dinner, make your own breadcrumbs.

41 comments:

Katie said...

I should really do that!!!

Sarah said...

I love homemade bread crumbs! It's the only kind I eat too, that and I can't eat store bought because of food allergies. And you're NEVER too old to eat chicken strips (which I'm also allergic to, haha).

Jen said...

Instant bread crumbs, I love it! You're right, you really can add them to any meal. I love breaded chicken, so I say you're never too old for chicken strips. :)

Alexa said...

You know, I have never made my breadcrumbs...but this is a super easy idea! :)

Jessica said...

we do this too! except we toast the bread before putting it in the food processor because it makes them even crunchier! thanks for stopping by my blog- we already miss europe :)

The Heights Life! said...

Pray that I get engaged soon, so I can register for some awesome kitchen items!! lol!
Love this, so easy and a great way to use the bread before if goes bad!!

Kira said...

Haha, bread never lasts that long around here. We love our carbs :)

JD and Whitney Todd said...

What great ideas!! Thanks for sharing Meg! We let our bread go stale way too often, so I just don't buy it much anymore. Do you ever add spices to your breadcrumbs?

Bev said...

great idea to make your OWN breadcrumbs!! especially when you use em to cook as much as I do!

the chicken looks great girlie!! never too old for chicken strips!! I always indulge in em whenever I have a chance!

Sarah and Stewart said...

I have that exact same food processor, don't you love it?

Rachel said...

I don't have a food processor at home, but we do have this little chopper thing that makes cutting up vegetable super easy! ha

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Amanda said...

Now that I have a blender I can actually make my own breadcrumbs since our bread goes stale so often... Great trick :)

Helene said...

Wow, what an awesome idea!! definitely doing that!

LeahJo said...

what a neat and easy idea to cut back on processed food that way! I'm sure it would also give the chicken a much more fresher and yummy taste.

Emily said...

I am impressed that you do so much homemade! I've been trying to eat less processed food, and it sounds like you guys do that already! Thanks for the ideas!

Brittany said...

Yummm! That chicken looks amazing!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

This looks delicious!

Tiara Wasner said...

How long do your crumbs keep?

*LO* said...

this is so PERFECT! i dont have a machine like that thought :(

how long do they stay good??

Emily said...

So impressive. I definitely need a foot processor.

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Rachael@HomeSweetHarbor said...

Looks yummy, I'm impressed! :)

Sarah Kate {Dixie Creek Farm} said...

We make our own bread crumbs, too, but I don't own a food processor so we just do it in the blender. It works the same, I think!

It takes us forever to finish a loaf off, too, but most of the time the extra bread goes to the chickens. They'll eat anything except celery! :o)

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

That's a great idea! I love the way you've stored the crumbs too. I'm doing this with any left over bread from now on.

JP Lord said...

GAH! Thank you so much for this! I've been wondering what to do with my food processor! LOL but seriously...
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Tara said...

What a wonderful idea! Do you just set the bread out? {I'm new at this :) }

Lisa said...

So easy and so smart! I love it! Thanks for sharing :) Would love to know some more secrets of yours for homemade food.

Alexandra said...

Having a food processor totally changed my life - I'm able to try so many more recipes and it just makes cooking so much more fun!

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Two Shopper Moms said...

Great idea! And keep up the healthy habits. It's such a shame that Americans are fed junk that we can't even pronounce. Go girl!

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jillian at faith that laughs. said...

I never would have thought of that! Great idea friend! :) xoxo

Heather said...

so glad to hear someone else takes the time to do this stuff! i always take the heals from my homemade bread and dry them out in the oven and do the same thing!

Ashley said...

I seriously need to get a food processor...I have been saying that since charlie was born.

Val said...

I truly love this....a lot.

stephanie said...

why have I never done this? Also I need a food processor. and I answered my own question haha

Abi K. said...

Thank you for sharing this great tip!

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ruthy ann said...

well that's easy enough!!

Ali W. said...

This is a great tip! I love that you make everything from scratch. I want to be more like that- especially now that we have a baby. I want my kids to be healthy healthy kids!

Mimi said...

thanks for teaching us how to make breadcrumbs! i am definitely going to give this a try! :D

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Heather said...

Wow what a great idea- and that looks amazing! I so need a food processor!

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erica said...

What an awesome idea! I will definitely try this. xx

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Yum, yum, yum!!! :)

Leslie said...

Food processors are a necessity if you enjoy cooking!! Looks delicious :)

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