Q: I bake my own bread, but I don't like the ends, and it seems like a big waste to lose so much of a homemade loaf to the birds. I'd like to turn the ends into breadcrumbs, but I'm not sure how to proceed. Do I need to let the bread get stale first? Should I toast it? Season it? And how long will they remain usable?
Sent by Kim
Editor: Kim, I like to dry out the bread first, either by letting it get stale or drying it out in the oven. Dry bread makes bread crumbs that will remain usable for several months. Here's a quick guide on how to make your own dried bread crumbs:
→ How To Make DIY Dried Bread Crumbs
Readers, how do you make bread crumbs? Do you have any seasoning suggestions?
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