How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

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How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby merlin » Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:21 pm

We use bread crumbs quite often, we have left over bread every day simply because we buy a fresh loaf every day. I was wondering if it is possible to make breadcrumbs and keep them on a jar or something without them going mouldy. Does anybody do that?
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby darkbrowneggs » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:07 pm

I think if you dry them out in a slow oven then put in a jar it would work, but I always put mine in the freezer. You can use them from frozen and because they are crumbs they break up easily so you just use what you need.
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby okra » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:14 pm

darkbrowneggs wrote:I think if you dry them out in a slow oven then put in a jar it would work, but I always put mine in the freezer. You can use them from frozen and because they are crumbs they break up easily so you just use what you need.



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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby prison break fan » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:14 pm

I agree with the above and do both because sometimes you want dried breadcrumbs and sometimes you want fresh ones. pbf.
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby oldjerry » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:23 pm

The bottom of our oven always has a pan with odds and ends of bread in it.When they are Really dry,they go in a tin,and keep for months.
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby GeorgeSalt » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:33 pm

+1 for freezing. Old, dry rolls go into the freezer for breadcrumbs or Semmelknödel.
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby merlin » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:53 am

Thanks for that everybody.
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby Zech » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:17 pm

I leave the last slice from the loaf out to dry on the counter, then make crumbs and keep them in a paper bag in the cupboard. I've yet to have any go mouldy in two years of doing this (though sometimes the bread goes mouldy before I get as far as making crumbs).
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby demi » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:33 pm

They freeze brilliantly in little freezer bags. Iv had breadcrumbs go mouldy when iv put them in a sealed box, but i think they weren't dryed out properly and thats why. Iv kept crumbs that iv dried out in the oven in a zippy freezer bag and they kept well until i used them up in about a month or somthing. So i think if you want to keep them unfrozen they have to be properly dry and not fresh crumbs, if in doubt just stick them in the freezer and they'll keep pretty much forever wither they are fresh or dry.
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby becks77 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:06 am

Yep I freeze breadcrumbs too :iconbiggrin:
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby wolfhazel » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:14 pm

I believe it was one the Riverside Cottage a few weeks back.

He froze left over bread (wait until you've got a substantial batch) then heat them in a low heated oven for a while my guess is until they are starting to get crunchy and dry and then store them in a sterilized air tight jar or container.
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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby wolfhazel » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:19 pm

Oh found someone who remembers it

QUOTE - If memory serves you tear the bread into chunks and put them onto an oven tray. Place the tray into a very low over for an hour to dry out. Take them out and let them cool down so any moisture from steam evaporates, then blitz them into crumbs in a food processor and either freeze or store in an airtight jar.

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Re: How do I make breadcrumbs that will keep?

Postby Annemieke » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:40 pm

Above our cooker is a shelf. On it a plastic little moulded tray, one of those you get biscuits in. Whenever we've used the breadboard - we cut our own bread, never have sliced - I brush off the crumbs with my hands and deposit them in the tray. There they gradually dry out by themselves. The tray, needless to say, does not have a lid. Maybe not 100% hygienic, but we're still alive.
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