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Breadcrumbs! Do You Make Your Own?

Updated on October 6, 2015

Making Your Own Breadcrumbs

Did you ever notice that there are a few slices of bread that are no longer fresh but not yet moldy and you don't know what to do with them, or the last piece of Italian bread that got hard?

For years now I have saved those "last pieces" of bread in a pan and just put them in the oven, oven not on. They dry out there and become hard enough to grate. Don't worry if you don't get to them right away, they will last almost forever there. Do not cover them with anything, they really have to dry up. Once they get hard you can grate them with your box grater and then save them in a container and store them in your refrigerator. They will last forever there too. Sometimes you will have a couple of pieces that are large. After they are in the refrigerator they will eventually breakdown and you can squeeze with your fingers and they will break up.

You can grate them in your blender or food processor too, but for me the crumbs are too fine. I like them with more texture. But, that is your call.

By making your own breadcrumbs you not only don't waste leftover bread but you will never have to buy breadcrumbs.

I know it's not a lot of money but, remember that old saying, "a penny saved is a penny earned." And with the price of bread these days, why waste any. I remember when I first got married, 44 1/2 years ago, bread was 3 loaves for a dollar. Now one loaf of bread costs $3. Maybe more if it's specialty bread. So why waste any part of it. And then to buy the breadcrumbs will cost a couple of dollars due to the fact that breadcrumbs are needed in so many dishes you make.

Whether you are just breading and frying meat or using it as a topping in casseroles or macaroni and cheese, not to mention that breadcrumbs are needed as ingredients in your meatballs or meatloaf or tuna/crab patties and what else you can think of. I don't know about you but I have to have a supple of breadcrumbs at all times. If I don't have any in the fridge, I just go to the oven and take out a couple of pieces and grate them real quick.

Sometimes when you are frugal with one thing that gets you in the mood to be frugal with other things too. With the prices of groceries today, anywhere you can save is a plus.

Grating Cheese

It is also beneficial to grate your own cheese. Many cheeses, even brand names, even thought they taste good, contain fillers. Some of which may cause allergies.

It may take a little work but grating your own cheese, whether it's Parmesan, or Romano, or Pecorino Romano or any other hard cheese really tastes so much better.

Even grating softer cheeses like mozzarella, brick or other cheese you would like to put on your pizza. Other things can be grated also.

Other Uses for a Box Grater

Box Grater with cheese
Box Grater with cheese | Source
Grated cheese
Grated cheese | Source
Grated carrots which I used in potato salad.
Grated carrots which I used in potato salad. | Source

Grating Veggies

In this instance I grated some carrots. I used them in potato salad, which was a great way to get the family to eat some vegetables. I also grate zucchini for zucchini bread and zucchini patties and casseroles. The flat side of the grater is good for the casseroles. These graters really come in handy.

You save money also on grating foods yourself rather than buying them already grated. I know how it is when you work, I worked also every day, you want to make supper as easy and convenient as possible so you have a tendency to buy foods already prepared. But, saving money is also beneficial so I started grating foods ahead of time on the weekends and saving them in air tight containers for the following week. Worked out really well.

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      Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan, Nice to hear from you. I wasn't sure about it, I kept it hidden and didn't publish it till I was sure and then took a chance. I'm glad to hear you do the same. Thanks for the visit and comment.

      Blessing to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      I do make my own breadcrumbs. Usually the last piece of the bread loaf is not consumed since it is not all that soft. I keep on collecting them and then prepare breadcrumbs more or less in the same way as you have suggested.

      Thank you for sharing this! It never occurred to me that this can be a hub topic!!

      Thanks again!

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      Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      LOL, You had an interesting idea, Poetryman. You might have to brown the breadcrumbs in some butter first. Then you could melt the cheese over it and maybe put it all on a steak. Hey, you just gave me an idea. Thanks.

      Have a Merry Christmas.

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      poetryman6969 20 months ago

      I think I might just grate some of that cheese over those bread crumbs, melt that, and eat that!

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      No problem..

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Rachel, I appreciate it. Anytime, since I appreciate yours, my friend. :-)

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Kristen, Thanks for the encouraging comments and visit. I appreciate them. If Audrey responds, I will let you know.

      Blessings to you.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Rachel, what a wonderful idea to make your own breadcrumbs from stale bread and save money at the store. The same with grating your own cheese too. I'm with you on asking Audrey on making croutons , since I would love to make croutons too. I love them on salads and soups.

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Audrey, Thanks again for the visit. I have tried making my own croutons, but I haven't had much success. Could you please respond again telling me how you do them? I would appreciate it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Such a great thing to go with old bread--my mother got me doing this when I was young--she would also make her own croutons --and I love those as well--

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie. Nice to see you here. You're welcome for the tips and thank you for the visits and nice comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      You know I need to start doing this again; I use to make my own crumbs for stuffing and to save on bread that no one wanted but wasn't bad. That is a really good savings; thanks for reminding me! I did toast it though; will do it your way. Thanks for all your great tips. Sharing!

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Emese, with everything so convenient in the grocery stores young moms don't realize you could do these things yourself. Well, most of them anyhow, some do realize it. Thanks for the visit and for your comments. I have smashed nuts sometimes too with a heavy pan.

      Blessings to you.

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      EmeseRĂ©ka 22 months ago from The Desert

      Hi Rachel,

      I do make my own breadcrumbs, not only because that way I don't waste bread but I like to season it myself and well that's how I grew up. I didn't think of grating the dry bread with the square grater; I have a very old fashioned grater used specifically for breadcrumbs and walnuts. Sometimes though I just crush them with a heavy cast iron pan. Works like magic.

      I was glad to see your article about this subject :) happy to know I'm not the only one still making my own breadcrumbs. :)

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Paintdrips, Thanks for the visit. I'm glad I could help. I was thinking this is too simple and maybe no one would respond. So thank you for visiting and commenting.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peachpurple, thanks for the compliment. I wasn't sure of this hub, I had it pending for a long time.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Pat, always so nice to read your comments and see your visits.

      Blessings to you.

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      Denise McGill 22 months ago from Fresno CA

      Great idea! pun intended! I usually keep my old loaf end slices in the freezer but drying and grating right away makes perfect sense. I think I'll go clean out the freezer right now. Thanks.

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      peachy 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh you are so clever you know! I use day old breads, dried them and grate

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Rachel

      Great suggestions..all ....sometimes I do make my own...if I have planned well enough in advance, that is. I like doing that because I know what is really in them, you know.

      And I do not think I could manage without my box grater but I also have a mandolin that I adore.

      Hoping all is good with you.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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