By Rebecca Chandos

Bread crumbs are a common ingredient in many recipes. They can be used as a binding ingredient in meatloaf, a topping for casseroles, or as breading for meat. While you can purchase bread crumbs at your local grocery, healthier and more flavorful bread crumbs are only a few minutes away using your microwave. This recipe makes about a cup of bread crumbs.

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Step 1

Cube the bread. Stack the slices three high, and cut into 2-inch wide strips. Turn the strips 180 degrees and cut them into uniform 2-inch cubes.

Step 2

Spread the bread in an even layer over the bottom of a microwave-safe container. Microwave on high power for 5 minutes, or until crunchy.

Step 3

Pour the hardened bread cubes into the zip-top bag. Seal the bag, and using your hands or a meat mallet, crush the cubes into bread crumbs.

Step 4

Store the bread crumbs in the zip-top bag away from air and light, or use them immediately.