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In a previous post I mentioned that I made my own breadcrumbs and I also posted a link. Well, let me just tell you: it was super easy!!! I was so disappointed by all of the preservatives in the brands at the store. I must have  looked at 6 different brands and they all had either corn syrup or partially hydrogenated something. So depressing what commercial brands put into our food.

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So, back to the super easy breadcrumbs.  As you can see by the picture, I cut up a loaf of Italian bread and put them in the oven at 250 degrees. You can really choose any type of bread you want. Next time, I’m thinking of trying a whole grain bread.  The recipe said to bake them for 30 minutes. However, mine took about 60 minutes all in all. I guess maybe next time I will try putting the oven at 300 degrees or cut thinner slices.

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After the pieces cooled, I made them into breadcrumbs the old fashion way. I put a few pieces of bread into a Ziploc and rolled over it with a rolling pin for about 5 minutes. This step definitely took longer than I expected, so I will be talking out the food processor next time. I also would recommend to take off the crust if it is thick. As you can see by the picture, many of these pieces did not break into tiny crumbs.

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I then seasoned it with a few items I had in my pantry. I used one tablespoon of dried parsley, one table spoon of dried basil, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. I do not like to use salt but you can put salt in to taste. I mixed it all up and I had 100% real breadcrumbs! I wound up making eggplant parmigiana that night and it tasted great! And, I had enough left over for a few more recipes!

To summarize what I would do differently next time:

1. I will set the oven to 300 degrees and cut thinner slices to make the bread harden faster.

2.  I am using the food processor to speed up the crumb part! (Using a rolling pin was great for my arm muscles, but I’d rather lift my weights then crush the bread.)

I totally recommend making your own breadcrumbs! Like I said, super easy! If you can’t and are in a pinch, try looking for a brand with ingredients you can at least pronounce.

Let me know of any brands you may come across! And have fun making the breadcrumbs!

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