I think my favorite part about the internet is that the answer (or, “an” answer) is just a click away. I ask Google questions all the time. I love typing in “how do you” to the search bar and seeing what their top suggestions are. Apparently a lot of people are trying to avoid Ebola, because that was like the top three suggestions. So maybe you bought way too much bread for dinner and you’re about to toss it but then you think, maybe I’ll make breadcrumbs? Maybe you typed that into Google, and maybe you’re reading this RIGHT NOW. Well, it’s shockingly easy. You can do it two ways; you can toast the bread until thoroughly dry and then process, or process and then toast the crumbs. Either way you want a medium-low heat oven (about 300 degrees) and about twenty minutes of cooking time.
Option 1 – lay bread (any bread – hot dog buns, brioche, bagels, etc) evenly on cookie sheet. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes, flipping over half way through. Remove and let cool. Place in food processor and process until finely ground. If crumbs seem too soft, spread on baking sheet and return to oven for another 20 minutes or until fragrant.
Option 2 – process the bread into crumbs and spread in an even layer on baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven, stirring once or twice, for about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
Store crumbs in an airtight container at room temperature. For long term storage, freeze! Make sure they are completely dry before storing.
Bottom line, people – NEVER THROW ANYTHING OUT.