Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY: Bread crumbs!

If you're looking for a cheap, quick way to use up stale bread, this is it! I make loaves of bread on the cheap and let them dry out just for this purpose: bread crumbs!
It's probably among the simplest things you could make, and you're saving yourself from all sorts of nasty ingredients, salts, and chemicals that you don't need!

Of course, on the third line of the ingredients, you get your high fructose corn syrup, immediately followed by corn syrup. Did you know that it is alleged that HFCS has greatly contributed to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes? Whether or not it's true, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me to put HFCS into bread crumbs! I'll avoid it, please.

Just look at this list of unrecognizable chemicals in the label of one of our old bread crumb containers.
The list goes on and on. I can tell you that looking at that list, it's not very good news for your body. Why not take a little time to improve your staples and make your own?
You can use any old bread, even bread that hasn't gone stale. All you have to do is make your bread hard. You can do this by laying it out in thin slices on a baking sheet and baking it in the oven until it's crisp. I usually do this at 275°F-325°F, depending on how much time I have. I would let them stay in the oven for at least 10 minutes. If you find any soft spots on any pieces, just remove the hard pieces and put the soft ones back in to dry out and harden a bit more. The thinner the pieces of bread, the quicker they dry!

Once they're dried out, I put them bit-by-bit into my tiny little food processor and go to town. They quickly turn into crumbs.

If you like plain bread crumbs, you're done! If you're like me and like them seasoned, the next steps are pretty simple.

For every cup of plain bread crumbs you get, add the following:
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp basil
Mix it all up, store it in an air-tight container, and you're set!

If you're looking for a smart, simple way to make your own bread, try this recipe. It's pretty fool-proof, and it makes wonderful bread crumbs! You can also pat yourself on the back knowing that you know where everything in those bread crumbs came from, and that they're free of all those nasty chemicals!

Happy cooking!


Nicole said...

What a great idea! I was looking for your bread recipe...is there a link somewhere? I need an easy one that I can make around wrangling the monkeys.

Danielle McCauley said...

Hi Nicole! The easiest bread recipe (for really good *bread*, but not necessarily bread crumbs) would be the crusty bread: http://simplysogood.blogspot.in/2010/03/crusty-bread.html

As for the bread I make for bread crumbs (more like white bread, but still delish!) is here: http://breadbaking.about.com/od/yeastbreads/r/1loafbread.htm

Happy making!

Nicole said...

Thank you for the ideas! I think there is gonna be some bread making going on this weekend!