Never buy breadcrumbs at the store again. Learning how to make homemade breadcrumbs is super easy and a great way to use bread heels that no one wants to eat.

How to make homemade breadcrumbs

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Do you have bread heels that seem to always get tossed to the side and overlooked? You know we frugal homemakers hate to see perfectly good food to go to waste. Put that bread to good use and make breadcrumbs.

I haven’t bought that canister of breadcrumbs on the grocery store shelf in years. No need if there is bread at home. In about five minutes of hands on time, you can make your own so easily. Does it sound intimidating? Really, don’t overthink it. There’s basically just two steps.

Step By Step Instructions

Bread heels on a baking sheet

Step 1: Place bread on a baking sheet and bake them to dry them out until crispy. It takes about 10-15 minutes. There is no set amount or measurement of bread here. Do not overthink it. It can be sourdough bread, gluten free bread, white bread, whole wheat bread, homemade, store-bought. Truthfully it all works. There can be crusts or no crusts. No hard and fast rules.

Bread pulsing in a food processor for breadcrumbs

Step 2: Pulse dried out bread in a food processor and pulse until bread is as fine as you desire. That’s literally it.

Homemade breadcrumbs in the palm of a hand.

Uses For Homemade Breadcrumbs

Now how can we use these lovely homemade breadcrumbs? Well, in anything that calls for breadcrumbs, of course.

  • binder for meatloaf or meatballs
  • breading for proteins like chicken, shrimp, fish or pork chops
  • breading for vegetables like eggplant, squash, zucchini, green beans, etc.
  • crunchy topping for casseroles or macaroni and cheese

Seasoning Homemade Breadcrumbs

Can you season them? You sure can! I won’t give measurements, because every batch of breadcrumbs will yield a slightly different amount of bread. If I wanted Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, I would add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a generous amount of whatever Italian spices you have (oregano, basil, parsley, thyme). Give it a good stir and now you have fancy seasoned breadcrumbs. Trust yourself in the kitchen to not need a specific recipe for spices. Go with what looks and tastes good to you.

Tools Needed

There are basically just two kitchen tools needed.

  • Baking sheet
  • Food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, try breaking up the dried bread with your fingers and then crunching them up further with a rolling pin or the bottom of a glass.

Homemade breadcrumbs

Make homemade breadcrumbs from bread scraps

Course Bread
Keyword homemade breadcrumbs
Cook Time 10 minutes
Author Tara Buss


  • bread heels or any other bread any kind, any amount


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

  2. Place bread on baking sheet.

  3. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes until dried and crisp but not browned and toasted.

  4. Transfer dried bread to food processor and pulse for a couple of minutes until bread is broken down into fine breadcrumbs.

  5. Use immediately or store in airtight container for a few days. May be frozen. To achieve crispiness again, place breadcrumbs back in oven for several minutes.

How to make homemade breadcrumbs