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Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

In just a few minutes, stale bread plus herbs and seasonings are transformed into flavorful Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs, for a fraction of the price and without all of the preservatives of store-bought brands!

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

How was your Independence Day weekend? Hopefully full of family, friends, and FOOD!

Well, I’m going to take a break from the usual summer-inspired fare today to bring you a homemade pantry staple that can be used in countless recipes all year long.

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

To be perfectly honest, y’all, this one is kind of silly. I mean, breadcrumbs? Who can’t figure out how to make those? Yet plenty (most?) of us purchase them from the grocery store in a little canister, full of preservatives and artificial ingredients and far more expensive than the pennies that a few slices of bread would cost.

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

Furthermore, even if you already grind up your own bread into plain breadcrumbs, you might wonder what proportion of herbs to use for Italian Breadcrumbs, since plenty of recipes call for those. Well, no need to Google a recipe the next time you’re wondering…I’m going to take care of you right here today!

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

These Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs take, like, two minutes to make, after which they can immediately be used or you can pop them in the freezer until your next recipe that requires them. Super simple, no weird additives or preservatives (what exactly is calcium propionate anyway?), and totally economical, particularly since the bread you turn into these crumbs can be old, stale, and something you were probably about to throw away anyway. Just think of it as upcycling your bread! 😉

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

When you get to the end of a loaf of bread, whether it’s this oh-so-popular The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Bread or your favorite store-bought variety, that last heel can be kind of dried out. So I typically toss it in a baggie in the refrigerator, where it hangs out until it’s been joined by a few more rejected bread buddies. There may end up being a stale hamburger bun in there, an old dinner roll, a bit of leftover French bread, some of it 100% whole wheat, some made with white flour…whatever turns stale (but not molded, of course), I save in my trusty little baggie.

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

Then, when I have enough bread to make the dirtying of my food processor worth my while, I tear those stale bread rejects into large chunks, add my dried herbs and seasonings, and whiz everything up into fine breadcrumbs. You can also use a blender instead of a food processor, of course, if that floats your boat.

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

Embarrassingly easy, right? And not only are these homemade breadcrumbs less expensive and healthier (as previously mentioned), but you can also control the sodium and/or tweak the herbs. So if you’re watching your salt intake, feel free to cut back on it. If you just loooove basil, go ahead and sprinkle in some extra. Oh, and if you happen to be a lucky duck with fresh herbs at your disposal, you may definitely incorporate those…just increase the amounts since dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh.

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

So your assignment today? Go forth and make Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs! Because the next yummy recipe I’m going to share this week my quick and easy Italian Baked Chicken calls for them, and it’s one you definitely won’t want to miss!

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

Homamde Italian Breadcrumbs

Yield: Approximately 3 cups breadcrumbs

Homamde Italian Breadcrumbs

In just a few minutes, stale bread plus herbs and seasonings are transformed into flavorful Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs, for a fraction of the price and without all of the preservatives of store-bought brands!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces old, stale bread/rolls/buns/etc. (the approximate equivalent of 4 to 5 slices)
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Tear stale bread into large pieces. Place in a large food processor or blender. Add dried herbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Process/blend/pulse until fine crumbs form. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer (depending on how long before you use them).

Notes

If you are watching your sodium intake, feel free to decrease amount of salt. You can also make your breadcrumbs with 1/4 teaspoon of salt to begin with, taste, and then add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon if you feel it's necessary.

Tweak the herbs to your liking, or if you prefer to use fresh, be sure to increase the amount used since the flavor of dried herbs is more concentrated.

If you plan on using your breadcrumbs soon, they will keep in the refrigerator just fine.

If storing breadcrumbs in the freezer, place inside two freezer baggies and squeeze out any air. They will stay fresh for several months this way. Whenever you need breadcrumbs for a recipe, you can thaw for a few minutes at room temperature and then measure out. Or you can portion breadcrumbs by the cup or half-cup into small baggies before freezing.

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Comments

  1. Thank you. A nice recipe to have on hand.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Liz! It’s simple, but hopefully plenty of people find it useful. 🙂 Hope you had a fabulous weekend celebrating the 4th! 🙂

  2. Oh wow, this is fantastic and you’re right, so easy. I love to use Italian Bread Crumbs in so many things. I will love this even more. YAY!! Thank you. Stopped by from The Weekend Retreat.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy you stopped by, Kathleen! I think you will find that it’s very quick and easy to make your own breadcrumbs and it’s nice to be able to control the ingredients and seasonings. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. This is great! and no preservatives. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Wonderful, Adriana! I hope you enjoy using these in lieu of the storebought canisters of breadcrumbs. These taste better and you control exactly what’s in them! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment…hope you’re having a great week!

  4. Thanks for this recipe! I was wondering – I already have some homemade plain dry bread crumbs; would I just start with your measurements of the dried spices and adjust to taste? Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I think that would work just fine, Janet! Sometimes I have homemade plain breadcrumbs in the freezer and I just add Italian seasonings right before using them in a recipe that calls for Italian breadcrumbs. 🙂 Enjoy!

  5. Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been wanting to try making my own breadcrumbs but never got around to searching for a recipe. Then I stumbled upon your site via your recipe for your Italian Baked Chicken. Another thought for stale bread…my kids (like many, I assume), refuse to eat the crusts of their sandwiches. I hate throwing them away! Instead, cut them off before making the sandwich, and throw them in the baggie in the fridge, too!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      This is such a great use for those discarded sandwich crusts, Lauren! I hate wasting food, and I try to avoid processed items from the grocery store, so this ends up being a win-win. 🙂 Glad it’s inspired you to make your own breadcrumbs as well. Hope you enjoy them, and thanks for taking the time to comment! 🙂

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