If there’s one thing that most of us moms have in common, it’s that we’re almost always on the lookout for ways to save our families money.
Some of the fastest and easiest ways to do that can be found right in your very own kitchen. Making a few simple staples instead of buying them can go a long way in cutting your monthly grocery bills back a bit.
These easy homemade Italian bread crumbs not only taste better than anything you’ll find in the store, but they’ll cost you only pennies to make!
A huge improvement over grocery store prices!
Whether you make your bread from scratch at home or pick it up from the bakery section of your local grocery store, 9 times out of 10, there always seems to be a little bit that just doesn’t get eaten in time doesn’t there? The heels of the loaf that no one wants to use, the last few hot dog buns that go stale before you can use them up.
Stop wasting them!
Using up these bread scraps is an incredibly easy way to reduce your family’s grocery waste and save you a little bit of money at the same time.
All you need to do is gather up your bread scraps and lay them out of a cookie sheet. You can toast them or just use them as is if they have already gone stale and you can mix and match using any type of leftover bread that you have.
Once they’re ready, either toss them into your food processor or stick them in a sealed Ziploc bag and crush them up.
To make Italian bread crumbs, simply add a little Italian seasoning during this step.
In a large skillet, melt some butter. Approximately 1 stick of butter for roughly 5 cups of bread crumbs.
Toss in your bread crumbs and give them a good stir until they are all coated with butter.
They may start out looking a little lumpy from the liquid but as you saute them, they will dry out and break up.
Saute them until they are lightly browned. You’ll need to continue to stir during this step so that they are evenly toasted (but don’t worry, it only takes a couple of minutes at most).
And voila, there you have yourself a fresh, homemade batch of Italian bread crumbs that used up the last of your stale bread and taste way better than anything you could find in the store.
Storing them is just as simple as making them! Simply keep them in a Ziploc bag or air tight container in your pantry. Do NOT refrigerate these! They will keep nicely for up to 4 to 6 months.