How To Make Your Own Breadcrumbs

How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs--an easy way to save money!
My husband opened the fridge up the other day and saw a package of hot dog buns sitting there on the shelf: "Are we having hot dogs for dinner tonight?"  Me: "No."  (silence)  Him: "Then why do we have hot dog buns in the fridge...?"  Me: "To make bread crumbs."

I've actually been making breadcrumbs for the last few years.  It is one of those things that I think isn't worth the cost to buy.  I buy a package of 12 hot dog buns (or 8 hamburger buns) for $.99 and it makes about 2.5 cups of breadcrumbs.  Then I store them in an airtight container in the pantry and pull them out whenever I need a filler for my meatloaf or to make parmesan chicken.
How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs--an easy way to save money!

To make your own breadcrumbs, all you need to do is open up the buns and lay them out on a cookie sheet.  Leave them on the counter for about 24 hours.  Depending on how hot it is in your house, they should be dry or close to it.  You want to be able to break it in half easily.

How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs--an easy way to save money!

Throw the pieces into a blender (we have a Blendec) and pulse it a few times to get the pieces broken down.  Continue pulsing until the crumbs are the desired size.  I usually put about 1/3 of them in to start with and then add another 1/3 and the last 1/3 in increments.  This gives me more variation in the size of the crumb and makes it easier to break it all down. 

How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs--an easy way to save money!

Spread the crumbs onto the cookie sheet evenly and let dry for another 24 hours.  You want to make sure they are dry so they don't get moldy.

How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs--an easy way to save money!

Store in an airtight container.

*Note: To make your own flavored breadcrumbs, you could add onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, etc. before placing the crumbs in the container.

Easy right?  (Stay tuned for some recipes using breadcrumbs in the next month or so!)

What kitchen staples do you like to make instead of buy?

6 comments

  1. My mom always makes her own breadcrumbs, and I think it makes all the difference!

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    1. I do too! I hate spending money on something I can make at home, especially when it costs less to make and I get more than comes in the canisters at the store. (Although, I do buy Panko because I can't replicate that.)

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  2. What a fun idea! Way better than the store bought ones!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  3. This is such a good idea! It isn't hard, but I always end up buying bread crumbs from the store.

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    1. I know what you mean. The thought hit me one day when I had some bread that was too old to use for sandwiches, but didn't want to let it go to waste. For me, it was just a matter of changing my thought process. Now when I need more breadcrumbs, I just keep an eye out for the sales on hot dog/hamburger buns and buy a couple of those. Much cheaper and tastes better (I think!). :)

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