What Can I Do With Leftover Bread Crusts?

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Q: I made these Vegetable Dumplings last night, and I'm wondering if you have any tips for using all of the leftover bread crusts from this recipe. It is such a lot of wonderful crust to go to waste.

Bread crumbs maybe? Are there other recipes that utilize the crusts but not the insides of a loaf of bread?

Sent by Elise

Editor: Elise, yes, we would recommend making bread crumbs! Just let the bread dry out (you can use the oven, set at about 200°F) and then run it through a chopper or food processor. Here are a couple sets of instructions on how to make bread crumbs:

How To Make Dried Bread Crumbs
How To Make Fresh Bread Crumbs

Making fresh breadcrumbs, where you grind the bread into crumbs without toasting it or drying it out, does require a powerful food processor. Our little chopper doesn't appreciate this task very much unless the bread is super dry and crumbly.

And then you can use those bread crumbs for anything — breading, topping casseroles, or one of these recipes:

Tomato and Boquerones Salad with Garlicky Breadcrumbs
Farfalle with Cauliflower and Toasted Breadcrumbs

If you don't have time to make bread crumbs right away, you can also freeze the crusts and make them later.

Readers, any other tips for leftover bread crusts?

Related: Waste Not: 5 Ways to Use Leftover Bread

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