10slicesgluten free bread (heels or slices),any kind
Optional Italian Bread Crumbs (add for every 2 cups bread crumbs)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Set oven rack to center position.
Thaw bread, if frozen. Place bread in food processor or Vitamix. If making Italian bread crumbs, add seasonings. Pulse for coarse bread crumbs or process up to 1 minute for fine bread crumbs.
Transfer breadcrumbs to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Bake for 3-5 minutes longer, or until bread crumbs are toasted and dry to the touch.
Cool completely on baking sheet. Transfer to an airtight container to store in the freezer, refrigerator, or pantry.
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What Type of Bread Should I Use?
Use any bread that is gluten free, one type or a mixture. Frozen, stale, gluten free bread failures (both store bought or homemade) and heels all work well. So don't throw away anything!If you know you will be making the homemade breadcrumbs in a few days, you can also let the bread sit out so it hardens. After processing the bread, the crumbs will take a shorter time to toast and dry out in the oven.
How to Store Bread Crumbs
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one month, the freezer up to six months, or the pantry for up to two weeks.Regardless of your method of storage, be sure there is no moisture in the container and label the container with the date.
Tips and Tricks
After the bread crumbs have been made, they do not have to be thawed before using in recipes. Just take what you need from the freezer bag and use immediately.
If using frozen bread, thaw before processing so crumbs will be uniform.
Make as little or much as you want. Generally, one piece of bread will make 1/4 - 1/3 cup bread crumbs, based on the size of the slice.
If using more than 10 pieces of bread, split the crumbs between two pans. Overcrowding the pan will cause the crumbs to steam rather than toast.
To make panko bread crumbs, cut the crusts off first, use slices rather than heels, and grind into coarser crumbs before drying in oven.