Awhile back I posted on my Facebook page about freezing bread heels to make bread crumbs — a tip I read in Real Simple. Well, the time had come for me to use the heels I had accumulated. What was I waiting for?
Some recipes call for “fresh” bread crumbs vs. dried/toasted, so make sure you check what is needed for your recipe. I like more crunchy bread crumbs so I knew I wanted to toast mine first.
I took the heels out out of the freezer and let them defrost. When they were ready, I preheated the oven to 300 and pulled out a cookie sheet. I put them in for about 30 minutes (as little as 10-15 minutes will work too), turning them half way through, until they became nice and hard.
Once they cooled off, I cut them into small pieces and pulsed them in the food processor until they were the consistency I wanted.
Who knew making bread crumbs was so easy? Of course, you can season them as you like. Use in any dish that calls for bread crumbs such as meat loaf and homemade chicken nuggets. Who out there is already doing this?
I’ll leave you with some awesome meal ideas from Cooking Light: