It really bugs me to pay big bucks for something that I can make for free at home. Gluten free bread crumbs in one of those items. I always seem to have gluten free bread ends or pieces that have dried out a bit too much for my family’s liking. Instead of throwing them away or composting them, I use my bread bits to make gluten free bread crumbs.
You can use any gluten free bread that is a little dry. It goes without saying, but I am going to any way: don’t use bread that is really stale tasting (or your crumbs will taste stale) and no moldy bread. Bleh… If you have a bit of bread to use for bread crumbs but are pressed for time, store the pieces of bread in the freezer until you have enough to make a larger batch. Because I make gluten free bread with and without eggs, I have two different batches in my freezer – one with egg and one without so I have options for any given recipe.
Bread crumbs store perfectly in the freezer in a bag, freezer container or jar. You can use these homemade gluten free bread crumbs in any recipe that bread crumbs are called for. If your bread is very dry when you make the crumbs, you can store the plain, dry, unseasoned crumbs in a container in your pantry.
For seasoned bread crumbs add any seasonings you like, such as a little Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Easy Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
You can either place the bread on a low setting in the oven to dry completely, or grind as is. Take the gluten free bread and break up into pieces. If the bread crumbs are not completely dry, be sure to store the finished crumbs in the freezer to prevent mold. Put the GF bread into a blender or food processor. Pulse until crumbly. Store the GF bread crumbs in freezer till ready to use.
If you are making a recipe and don’t have a supply in the freezer, you can also lay fresh gluten free bread slices in the oven and lightly toast until a bit firm, cool and then grind as described in the instructions.