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How to Make Breadcrumbs From Stale Bread

Don’t throw that stale bread away! In this post I’ll show you how to make breadcrumbs from stale bread.

I don’t believe in throwing anything away if I can avoid it. I’m sure most homesteaders (or anyone who has ever had to watch their pennies) would agree.

how to make breadcrumbs from stale bread

My favorite saying around the house is “waste not – want not.” There’s another use for just about every kitchen scrap, and I love putting them all to good use!  

Stale bread can be repurposed into so many things: French bread, toast, bread puddings, and (my personal favorite) Italian Breadcrumbs.

We use Italian Breadcrumbs on our homestead for meatballs, meatloaf, onion rings, fried chicken and a dozen other things.

They never seem to last long.  

If you want to make your own bread, check out my foolproof homemade loaf bread, or how to make a sourdough starter.

how to make breadcrumbs

How to Make Breadcrumbs From Stale Bread

To make breadcrumbs from stale bread, simply roughly chop your bread and pulse it to the desired consistency.

If you’re going to use your breadcrumbs to bread and fry something, you’ll want them very fine. If you want to use them more like croutons or on top of pasta dishes, etc. you can keep them larger.

Bake them on a cookie sheet to remove any excess moisture for roughly 5 minutes at 300 degrees.

You can make many variations on this recipe with a handful of spices. Add Dry Italian Seasonings for Italian breadcrumbs.

Add cinnamon and sugar for a topping for ice cream.

Add garlic and onion powder for breading for meats or cheeses.

How to make breadcrumbs

How to make breadcrumbs

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Stale bread
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional seasonings


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Dump your stale bread into a food processor and pulse until the desired consistency.
  3. Spread breadcrumbs onto a baking sheet and bake for about 5 min or until lightly browned.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet before storing in an air-tight jar.
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