You will never have to buy bread crumbs again after you've learned how to make your own! It's so easy and so frugal!
What you will need:
• Clean paper bag.
• marker for labeling.
• un soiled, not moldy, unwanted white bread or whole wheat depending on the kind of crumbs you'd like.
• ziplock bag.
• rolling pin, meat tenderizer or food processor.
• container to put crumbs in such as: jar, Tupperware, ziplock bag, pretty much any clean container with a lid to keep crumbs fresh.
1) Start with a paper bag and date when you start adding bread to it.
Making your own bread crumbs starts with unwanted bread that turns stale in a paper bag. The paper bag allows air flow so that the bread doesn't get moldy. Just fold over the top of the bag to keep ants and other critters out. I've learned that ends to loaves of bread from Italian or white bread works the best for crushing by hand.
Make sure the bread you are using is small or thin before placing in your paper bag or it will be tough to crush into smaller pieces once the bread is stale. Another way to crush the sale bread is by using a food processor. After about 1-2 weeks, the bread should be stale. Give it a feel and once it's completely dry and hard, you can make your bread crumbs!
2) Place stale bread into a ziplock bag and seal.
3) Crush bread with either a rolling pin, tenderizer or any tool you'd like to mash and crush it with. I enjoy this part cause it's fun!
4) After your bread looks like crumbs, just place into a container and label! I happened to use an empty, used bread crumbs container from the store that I saved to make labeling easier ;).
Note: These crumbs will last for about a year, though I usually go through mine quickly with making Chicken Parmesan, Fried Chicken and other various recipes:).
*if you want to have seasoned bread crumbs, just simply add a half of a tablespoon of Italian Seasoning with each cup of crumbs you use!