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What to Do With Your Frozen {old} Bread! - Make bread crumbs!

Updated on February 23, 2011
This is what gets THROWN into my freezer!
This is what gets THROWN into my freezer! | Source
Easy scoopable breadcrumbs!
Easy scoopable breadcrumbs! | Source

What's in your freezer?

I have a hard time wasting bread, but frozen bread is so hard to make into breadcrumbs without letting it thaw first... so I figured, maybe I should clean some of this out and make breadcrumbs.So I thawed all of that bread out. And then I processed it to be breadcrumbs. I find it easiest to just run the thawed bread bits through the magic bullet.  You can certainly use a blender, but if you use a VitaMix or similar high-powered blender, make sure that your breadcrumbs cool off before bagging them up.  You could also use your KitchenAid grinder.  I seasoned half, and left half as plain.Seasoned breadcrumbs were 2T Italian Seasoning, 1 T garlic to 2 c breadcrumbs.They are soooo easy to scoop out and measure as needed because they don't have moisture in them and are not clumping together!

Beautiful croutons, funky pan.  Don't judge me by my funky pans!
Beautiful croutons, funky pan. Don't judge me by my funky pans! | Source

The rest of the bread

I also made a few croutons. This was from an old rye loaf that I had. I just cubed them while still frozen, coated with pan spray, and sprinkled onion & garlic powders on them. They went into a 250° oven until they were light and crispy.And very garlicy!


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      Mary Jane Hardel 6 years ago from Illinois

      I don't like wasting bread either or anything else. I make bread crumbs out of French bread too. We never finish it soon enough before it starts get hard since it doesn't keep long after you buy it. What's not eaten I cut up into small pieces and let sit in a bowl overnight. The pieces are hard enough to put in a blender the next day. (Cut it up before the loaves harden too much. Trying to cut into a harden loaf of French bread is like cutting into cement.)

      Thanks for all the great tips on your site.

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      I love bread pudding Lita! Those are great ways to use up stale bread. Glad you found this info useful. Good luck!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      I make pudding and French toast out of my old bread, but they are perishable. Once cooked I don't let them stay longer. Now I have new recipes that will live longer from you. I'll try this. Thank you.

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      Thanks DJ!

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 7 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      What a great idea! Very clever!

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      J&L, thanks for the comment! No, I don't bake them at all. Freezing the bread pretty much takes most of the moisture out.

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      Josh and Lindsey 7 years ago from Indiana

      Great idea. I just tossed a bunch of frozen bread. Next time I'll make it into breadcrumbs. Do you bake them in the oven at all, or just throw it in the magic bullet?

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      Thanks! I have huge bags of frozen CELERY too! :)

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      What a great idea for using the frozen old bread taking up space in the freezer. I would have never thought in a million years to make breadcrumbs and croutons. Excellent!