Monday, March 14, 2011

Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks: Make Your Own Breadcrumbs

I have decided to start a monthly “Best Tips” post  where I will highlight several of my favorite reader tips.  Every entry is eligible!

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What do you do with the heels of a loaf of bread?  I’m sure it’s more a mental block than anything, but I don’t like them.  I used to just throw them away.  Now I use them to make breadcrumbs.

We have a personal-sized blender that we got for making smoothies, and it does a great job of making breadcrumbs.  I just tear up the piece of bread, toss it in, and blend away (I’m sure a regular blender would work fine, too).   I keep my breadcrumbs in a jar in the freezer, ready when I need them.




This is a good solution for me, because it’s free and healthful.  Most store-bought breadcrumbs are white bread and contain lots of unnecessary ingredients like partially hydrogenated oils.  I buy whole wheat bread with the fewest questionable ingredients possible, so I know what’s in the breadcrumbs too.  It’s a little thing, but so easy, so why not?

Your turn to link up!  The post can be old or new (just please add my link if it’s an old one).

  • share a tip that makes your life easier
  • you must link back to me in your post
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  • please be polite and visit several other participants and leave a nice comment
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Just discovered that The Stories of A2Z also has a Tuesday party!


Richella said...

Hey Holly! I finally made it to a party! :)

I love your idea of routinely grinding up the heel of the bread for breadcrumbs. Do you toast the bread before blending, or just pop the bread right into the blender?

Cannary Family said...

Hi, Holly! I do the same thing (almost) by toasting or drying out the bread and using the bottom of a coffee cup to crush it. Then I season them a little and put them in a breadcrumb container that I bought when I ran out of homemade crumbs. Makes meatloaf soooo good! I'm gonna have to start participating in this - I love all of these tips!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I am a freak. I actually like the heels. ;) But, I think this is an awesome option for families who don't like the heel. (T won't eat them).

Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

Thanks for hosting this link party. Can't wait to come back and see everyone's links!

HeathahLee said...

Found you through Richella! : )

Susan Evans said...

That's a good way to make bread crumbs!

Country Dreaming said...

Mr. Ken eats them or the birdies.


FrouFrouBritches said...

What a great idea!!! I have one of those blenders too. Thanks for the tip. I have bread crumbs on my grocery list this week. Now, I won't have to buy them! YAY!

laughwithusblog said...

I have many times thought about making homemade bread crumbs but have never actually tackled it!

Holly said...

For Richella, and anyone else who wondered, I do not toast the bread. Just toss it in right out of the bag!