Friday, October 2, 2015

Homemade Bread Crumbs

It's said that 30% of the bread we buy, get to garbage. Why does it have to be like that? We can waste this food lost, buy making bread crumbs at home. It's very easy, homemade bread crumbs taste far better than the store bought bread crumbs, and you also save money.

For picky eaters, food with a crispy, crunchy texture is always a way to make them eat. The simplest way to achieve this texture is by frying in oil. But frying is not a healthy way of cooking, especially for children. The salvation is to crisp up the food with bread crumbs. We can cook with bread crumbs a lot of healthy meals for kids: oven baked schnitzel (oil free), gratinated cauliflower, even deserts, pudding, pies. Just let you imagination goes on! 

First step, take the old bread you have and cut it into thin slices. Take care, the bread should be old, but not stale! I usually buy country bread made with potatoes, because it tastes much better. You can use also a gluten free bread if you are on a gluten free diet.

Cut the slices of bread into small pieces, not equal, just as you can do it quit fast with a knife. Place the pieces in a tray in the oven for 2 hours at 50 degrees Celsius. Then let them cool down for at least 30 minutes. 

You can also keep them in the kitchen in a dry place for a day or two. If it's hot in your kitchen, the bread pieces will dry faster. It depends of the region where your home is. If you are leaving in a hot region, you will probably have it done in a few hours. If you leave in Alaska, you will need more that 2 days :).    

Whatever way you choose to dry the bread pieces, when there are dry enough, put them in a mixer and mix them for some minutes. And that's it! You got now your homemade breadcrumbs. 

Keep the bread crumbs in a paper bag in fridge. The longest time I kept it, it was for a month, and it was still good.

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