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Bread Crumbs (Video)

Save your stale bread and hard heels for later by turning them into bread crumbs.


Stale or frozen bread (sliced bread, heels, and stale baguette rounds all work well here)

  1. Preheat oven or toster oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Using tongs, place bread pieces directly on oven racks. Leave in oven until hard and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven using tongs and cool completely on wire rack.
  3. Crumble dry bread into a large bowl with a wooden spoon or clean hands until reduced to fine crumbs, or use a food processor and process until fine.
  4. Make sure bread crumbs are completely cool and dry, then store in an airtight container. Store in the in the cupboard, freezer or refrigerator for up to one year.

Recipes to use up bread crumbs:

More tips for making the most of your bread:

Watch the video above as Savi Joshi talks us thorugh simple steps to making bread crumbs at home.

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About Savi Joshi 

While her day job is management consulting, Savi is a volunteer at 18 Reasons through their 18th Street Kitchen and Cooking Matter series. As an avid home cook and baker, Savi also runs a pop up bakery in San Francisco, Lil' Menace Bakeshop (IG: @lilmenacebakeshop) and loves documenting her zero waste food adventures (IG: @savi.eats).

Learn more about 18 Reasons in this article from Edible East Bay.

18 Reasons is a Chef Partner of the Stop Food Waste campaign. They are a nonprofit cooking school on a mission to empower our community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day.

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