Ok, this may be one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever see from me. So easy, that I questioned if it’s even worthy of a blog post. But then again, until a few months ago, I’d never made this item, nor even considered making it. So I deemed it worth mentioning to those of you that may be were I was a few months back…not even thinking about it.
I’m talking about bread crumbs.
Do you make your own bread crumbs? If not, maybe it’s time to get started. Not only is it easy, but when you make it from your own homemade bread, you know exactly what is in it. Plus, it also helps eliminate waste. Wasted dried out bread that is. Once I started making my own bread in the bread maker, I seemed to find myself wasting a lot of bread. You know that big hard bottom piece with the hole from the bread maker stiring thingy? That almost always got thrown out, it’s simply not to practical for sandwiches, and the first pieces that were eaten from the fresh, hot loaf of bread is from the soft and fluffy top pieces. Need I mention that the shelf life of the homemade bread without all those preservatives is limited. That led to more waste. You could put it in the refridgerator, but it just doesn’t hit the spot like fresh tasty sweet bread warm from the machine or oven.
If you are using fresh bread, you may wish to dry it out a bit in the oven first.
Simply break it into pieces
Toss it into your food processor (I love my Cuisanart)
And turn it on until bread is crushed into crumbs
You can leave it plain, or for an italian version you may wish to add parsley, oregeno, basil, sea salt and pepper. Go ahead…spice it up to your liking.
Dump them all into a mason jar and store in your refridgerator. I keep mine in there for quite some time until I’m ready for some meatloaf, breaded pork chops or chicken nuggets.
If you want to feel even better about making your own bread crumbs, let’s look at the ingredients of your homemade ones using my bread recipe:
flour, yeast, egg, milk, salt, butter, organic cane sugar
Now compare that to a box of Feingold approved bread crumbs. This means that they verified to be free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. However, what is not accounted for is the risk of GMO ingredients.
Wheat flour, sugar (likely GMO), yeast, soybean oil (likely GMO), salt.
Now whip up a batch of crumbs then give yourself a pat on the back that you just eliminated one more hidden source of GMOs in your home.