Have you run out of bread crumbs? Did you know they are super easy to make or replace? Here are directions on how to make bread crumbs and 10 bread crumb substitutes, including gluten-free options.
How to Make Bread Crumbs
Most of store-bought bread crumbs have frightening ingredients that you can’t pronounce and might not want to serve your family. Making your own fresh bread crumbs is so easy and of course they taste far better than any store-bought bread crumbs. Here’s what I do:
- Save ends of bread or stale bread in a bag in the freezer.
- When you need to make bread crumbs, toast the bread until it is golden brown, then break it into pieces.
- Pulverize it in a food processor until it makes course crumbs, or fine, if you prefer fine bread crumbs.
- For extra flavor, add some grated Parmesan cheese and dried herbs such as Italian herb blend, dried parsley, dried oregano and/or garlic powder.
- Store leftover bread crumbs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze them for up to 3 months.
- To make gluten-free bread crumbs, use gluten-free bread as directed above or puree rice crackers in your blender or food processor.
Note: Don’t forget to season the crumbs with salt and other spices if you want seasoned bread crumbs. If you don’t use them often, store leftover bread crumbs for up to 3 months in the freezer for maximum freshness.
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10 Substitutes to Use if You Run Out of Bread Crumbs
But sometimes you don’t even have bread! Here are some substitutes you can use when you run out of bread crumbs and bread (many of these are also excellent gluten-free substitutes for bread crumbs).
- Bread, preferably whole wheat. Toast the bread, let it cool, break it into pieces and grind it in a food processor. (I find a mini food processor works best for this if you have one.) If you want Italian bread crumbs, you can add some dried herbs like parsley, basil, and oregano to the food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can also grate the toast on a box grater, use a Chef’s knife to mince it, or put the toast in a bag and use a rolling pin to crush it. (Potentially gluten-free if you use gluten-free bread)
- Rolled oats, ground to desired consistency as above, although it is not entirely necessary to grind them at all (Gluten-free)
- Whole grain cereal, preferably with no or little sugar added, ground to desired consistency as above (Potentially gluten-free)
- Croutons, ground to desired consistency as above (Potentially gluten-free)
- Cooked rice or quinoa can be used to replace bread crumbs that will be used as a binder (Gluten-free)
- Crackers, pita chips, potato chips, or tortilla chips, ground to desired consistency as above (Potentially gluten-free)
- Nuts. Use almond meal or finely ground almonds, pecans, or walnuts (Gluten-free)
- Coconut flakes (unsweetened) (Gluten-free)
- Rice cakes, ground to desired consistency as above (Gluten-free)
- Pretzels, ground to desired consistency as above
Other possibilities you may have in your kitchen
- Dehydrated mashed potatoes
- Matzo meal
- Toasted and ground frozen waffles
- Cooked and finely grated cauliflower
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Ground flax seeds
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