Turning dried-out bread scraps into homemade bread crumbs is a simple way to minimize waste, but pulsing bread chunks in the food processor can be a messy chore. Melissa Clark discovered an ingenious way to easily transform stale bread into mounds of bread crumbs without the usual overheating processor or gunked-up blade:Use the grater attachment! She dries out slices of day-old bread in a 300°F oven, then pushes them through the feeder tube on her food processor. The bread is "grated" into crumbs without the usual fussing with the blade. She says the crumbs are a not uniform in size, but they can be processed a little with the regular blade once everything is grated for a finer, more uniform crumb.
We love homemade bread crumbs crisped up and sprinkled over pasta, salads and vegetable sides. This method makes it easy to always have a jar on hand.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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