What do you do with old bread?

I use it to make breadcrumbs… .

I do not remember when was the last time I bought breadcrumbs. I do not use a lot of it in my cooking but when I need it it’s always in my fridge. Once a month or even less often I gather all the old bread I have lying around and make breadcrumbs. It’s not a lot, as I almost always eat my bread before it goes bad but, sometimes it happens that I forget about it or it goes bad (means get hard and no so fresh) faster than I expected.

To make my breadcrumbs I always use french bread from the store or left overs from home-baked. I’ve never tried to make it from whole grain bread but I suppose it will be even better and healthier.

Many recipes call for toasting bread slices (that you going to use for your breadcrumbs) in the oven. Mine doesn’t. I wait a few days until the bread gets hard and very crunchy and than I blend it.

First I crush it with my hands to make it easy to blend. After that I use blender. It works perfect.

…and I store it in the fridge – for months… .

I remember my grandmother used to do that, after that it was my mom and now it’s me. It’s funny how many little memories comes in handy when you’re a grown up. Sometimes they stay as just memories but in my case, most of the time, they’re really useful in a practical way.

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14 responses to “What do you do with old bread?”

  1. Thanks for featuring my blog posting on Gremolata Breadcrumbs! They sure came in handy over the holiday weekend. And thanks for the reminder to make fresh breadcrumbs today with the leftover bread from Thanksgiving – perfect timing to read your post.


    1. Thanks for stopping by. Homemade breadcrumbs rock. There is no better way to use your leftover bread 🙂


  2. What a GREAT idea. Why buy when you can make? And I love that your mom did it, and your grandma!


    1. you know, I would never guess I will be using my mom advices and recipes so often! look at me today, calling her every time I need to ask her about some cooking tips.lol


  3. I love this great idea. Consider, if you will, sharing it at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2011/11/although-i-must-say-that-link-response.html. Thanks! Christmas blessings to you……….Kathy


    1. Thank you for the invite. I’ll be stopping at you link-up party more often 🙂


  4. I make breadcrumbs as well and even croutons to snack on. I LOVE eating croutons as a snack.


    1. My husband likes croutons. I am not a big fan of them. Instead I make my own granola as a snack and I love it 🙂


  5. I do the same thing, only I don’t have a food processor or blender, so I grate frozen bread manually when I need bread crumbs! Thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!


    1. OMG. That’s a lot of work! But I remember my grandmother used to do that. She didn’t even use grater. She would smash it with her hands or some kind of pan 🙂


  6. […] 3/4 cup homemade bread crumbs, […]


  7. Just want to add: I save the ends of the loaf that does not get eaten & throw them in the freezer. When I have enough I’ll cut them into cubes spread them onto some cookie sheets. Season if you like w/a little garlic salt or powder. Put your bread cubes in the oven & bake until nice & toasty. Then I put them in the blender! Well-lah.


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