Homesteaders and natural lifestyle enthusiasts know the value of minimizing food waste. Throwing out stale bread is out of question when you can make delicious breadcrumbs that can augment the flavors of your favorite recipes. Sourdough breadcrumbs are not just a healthier alternative to store-bought ones but also an excellent addition that can elevate the taste of your dishes. Using minimal effort, you can make your own breadcrumbs in a little time by following some basic steps. In this blog post, I will give you an easy to make sourdough breadcrumbs recipe that will become a favorite in your household.
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Why Make Your Own Sourdough Breadcrumbs?
They Cut Food Waste
If you’re like me, you love anything bread-related. And let me tell you, making your own sourdough breadcrumbs is a game-changer. Not only are they more flavorful and delicious than store-bought breadcrumbs, but they’re also the easiest way and my favorite way to use up any leftover sourdough bread you may have laying around.
They are Easy to Make
The process is super simple. All you need to do is take your stale sourdough bread and tear it into small pieces. Then, spread the pieces out on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven at a low temperature until they’re nice and crispy. Once they’re cool, you can either leave them as is or pulse them in a food processor to get a finer crumbs.
They are Super Flavorful
Now, I know what you’re thinking – why go through all this trouble when you can just buy breadcrumbs at the store? Well, let me tell you, the taste is totally worth it. The tangy, slightly sour flavor of the sourdough adds a whole new dimension to your dishes. And since sourdough is naturally packed with flavor, you won’t need to add as much salt or spices to your recipes.
Instead of throwing away stale bread, you can repurpose it into something delicious and useful. You’ll be amazed at how many dishes you can elevate with just a sprinkle of these homemade breadcrumbs. So next time you have some old sourdough lying around, don’t toss it in the trash. Turn it into breadcrumbs and watch as your meals reach a whole new level of deliciousness. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll never go back to store-bought breadcrumbs again.
How to Make Sourdough Breadcrumbs
Cut Your Bread Into Cubes
The first thing you need is leftover sourdough bread, preferably stale. If you don’t have any, or you don’t bake your bread, you can use bread from your local grocery store. The bread will still work great. Use a sharp knife to cut the loaf of sourdough bread into small cubes. You can break the bread into smaller pieces if you don’t have a sharp knife. Spread the cubed or broken pieces on a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper.
Once you have spread your bread cubes out, drizzle with oil. I like to use avocado oil, but olive oil or grapeseed oil will work just as well. Now for the fun part: season however you like! I typically use a mix between oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Sometimes I will add italian seasoning or lemon zest. But seriously, you cannot go wrong here.
Next step, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place you seasoned bread cubes in for about 10 minutes. Once the bread crumbs are crispy and golden brown, take out the baking sheet from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack or a cooling rack. Let them sit until they cool completely. If you want smaller breadcrumbs, place them in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached.
Store them at room temperature in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks. An airtight container works best. If you don’t plan to use them within that time, you can transfer them to a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer for up to six months.
Making your own breadcrumbs is a great way to utilize stale bread without wasting it. Using sourdough bread adds an extra dimension of flavor to your breadcrumbs. It’s also easy to make, with minimal effort and a young children can help. You can use the homemade breadcrumbs in your favorite recipes, and they’re an excellent substitute for store-bought breadcrumbs. You can also add them to dishes like homemade stuffing, meatloaf, and casseroles to give them a unique flavor. Don’t forget that making homemade sourdough breadcrumbs is always better than any grocery store breadcrumbs. Try this simple sourdough bread recipe to make your own bread and use it to make your breadcrumbs. Convert the food waste into a delicious addition to any meal.
Easy to Make Sourdough Breadcrumbs Recipe
- 1 baking sheet
- 1 loaf stale bread
- 2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Break or cut a loaf of stale bread into 1-inch cubes.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Drizzle with oil of your choice.
- Add dry seasonings of your choice.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, until golden and crunchy.
- Use as is or pulse in a food processor until desired consistency is reached.