How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs
Save money and make use of old, stale, hard bread by turning it into flavorful and so useful bread crumbs!
  • Dried, old stale bread (But make sure it's edible!) (I had half left from a loaf of french bread)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp parsley dried
  • ½ tsp oregano dried
  • ½ tsp basil dried
  • ⅛ tsp rosemary dried
  • ⅛ tsp ground thyme
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  1. If you are using an old stale and almost dried up bread, proceed as instructed OTHERWISE leave the bread out in open uncovered overnight so it dries up.
  2. Chop the bread in small pieces.(I like chopping the bread in even size pieces, so it all gets cooked in the oven at the same rate, making sure I don't end up with some under done and some overdone pieces.)
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Transfer the bread pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. OR you can keep them in toaster oven and toast / dry out the bread completely.
  5. Let it cool for few minutes before adding in a food processor.
  6. Pulse it few times in a food processor until it reaches the desired consistency.
  7. At this point, you have homemade delicious unseasoned bread crumbs. Now if you want to make them into Italian seasoned bread crumbs, add the spices as mentioned above. Stir around and taste and adjust as per taste. I ended up with 1.5 cups of bread crumbs but it will totally depend upon the size of bread you are using and all other factors.
  8. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bags.
Recipe by Naive Cook Cooks at