Breadcrumbs are easy to make at home, and it’s a great way to use up leftover bread that may otherwise go stale. You can use any kind of bread you like, but crusty or sourdough loaves work especially well. The bread must be dry before it’s processed into crumbs, but that doesn’t mean it should be stale – if you use stale bread, you’ll get stale breadcrumbs.

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Carefully cut the crusts off the bread slices. Cut the bread into small pieces.

Place the bread chunks on a plate and set the plate, uncovered, on a counter for several hours so the bread can dry out. If preferred, turn on the oven broiler and place the bread pieces on a baking sheet; toast the bread under the broiler for several minutes.

Place the dry bread pieces into a food processor. Sprinkle the desired spices over the bread.

Process the bread until it is the consistency you want. Aim for a mixture of fine and coarse crumbs.

Store the homemade breadcrumbs in an airtight container in the refrigerator or in a freezer bag in the freezer.