Here's how to make breadcrumbs without a food processor. It's easy to do, and the results are just as good as using a food processor.
Learn how to make breadcrumbs without a food processor the easy way.
Cost To Make
Estimated cost = about $0.27 a cup
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- Making breadcrumbs is a great way to reduce food waste by using leftover bread, dinner rolls, or crust offcuts instead of throwing them in the bin.
- Breadcrumbs are fast to make and store very well.
Ingredients In This Recipe
The printable recipe further down the page has the complete list of ingredients, including quantities and step-by-step instructions.
Bread - you can use sliced, unsliced, or buns. It can be fresh or stale bread, but it should not be moldy.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1 - Cut the bread into small pieces. The smaller the better because they will dry out quicker and are easier to crush.
If using leftover buns or unsliced bread, first slice these into pieces that are about the same thickness as sliced bread before cutting into cubes.
Spread the cubes in an even single layer on one or two rimmed baking sheets.
Step 2 - Place bread into a preheated oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes - or until the bread cubes feel dry and crumble when crushed. Remove from the oven, leave on the trays to cool.
Step 3 - Place the bread onto a shallow container, working in batches, press down on the dried bread with the base of a bottle or tin, crushing the pieces using a twisting and rocking action until you have fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to an airtight container as each batch is completed, seal and store.
If using leftover buns, first slice these into pieces that are the same thickness as sliced bread before cutting into cubes.
Other Ways to Make Breadcrumbs Without A Food Processor
Our preferred method - Is to transfer the crumbs to a ceramic bowl and crush them by pressing down on them with something that has a flat base, like a thick glass jar or something similar.
If you have cut the bread into tiny pieces and dried them correctly, it will take little effort on your part to make the crumbs.
- Note: When crushing the breadcrumbs, avoid crushing them on your baking sheets because the hard crumbs are abrasive and can ruin them.
And don't crush using the lid side of a jar because the paint will come off and go into your crumbs - see the picture below of my first batch of crumbs where I used the lid side and not the base.
Ziplock bag - If you wanted to, you could crush the crumbs in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin or mallet, but I've found that this is not always a good idea because the dried bread cubes have hard and sharp edges that eventually end up cutting through the plastic.
Use your hands - If you have a small amount to make, you can use your hands to crush the dried bread into crumbs, but it can be rough on the hands.
Box grater - To be honest, we haven't tried this method but would imagine it to get quite messy with crumbs going all over the place, and you would need to use big pieces of oven toasted bread instead of the cubes like in our recipe.
Other kitchen gadgets - if you have an electric spice grinder or blender you could use those to make breadcrumbs.
Store breadcrumbs in an airtight container or a zip lock bag with the air squeezed out.
They can be stored in the fridge for up to one month or frozen for up to three.
Frozen breadcrumbs take very little time to thaw and can be used straight from the freezer.
Frequently Asked Questions
The standard bread crumbs sold in the supermarket are white breadcrumbs.
However, you can use whatever leftover bread you have at home. It could be sliced bread, loaf bread, white, whole wheat, buns, homemade bread, and even gluten-free bread to make breadcrumbs.
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How To Make Breadcrumbs Without A Food Processor
- Food processor
- 1-2 shallow rimmed baking trays
- Serrated knife
- Cutting board
- 280 grams 10 ounces bread, sliced or loaf bread
- Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F)
- Use a serrated knife to cut the bread into small cubes and arrange in a single layer on one or two baking trays. NOTE: if using leftover buns or an uncut loaf, slice these into pieces that are the same thickness as sliced bread before cutting into cubes.
- Place bread into the oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes - or until the bread cubes feel dry and crumble when crushed.
- Remove from the oven, leave on the trays to cool.
- Place the bread onto a shallow container, working in batches, press down on the dried bread with the base of a bottle or tin, crushing the pieces using a twisting and rocking action until you have fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to an airtight container as each batch is completed, seal and store.