How to make panko bread crumbs from stale bread? Its very quick and easy to make homemade bread crumbs using day old bread that might be going stale.
I love homemade anything!
Its the challenge of making something myself that always inspires me to try.
There is nothing wrong with the store bought version of panko bread crumbs. In fact, I buy them all the time.
I just had to learn to make it at home because I wanted to know if I could.
I bought Ciabatta rolls for the purposes of making my favorite eggplant Parmesan sandwich. Its one of my favorite sandwich recipes and I wanted to see if I could make a vegan version of the sandwich.
My good intentions of making this sandwich were no match for the craziness happening in my life. Things were so hectic after I bought the bread that I had to put the sandwich experiment on the back burner!
This time, I had bread that was going stale and I decided to turn it into bread crumbs
Looks like the stuff you buy from the store, doesn’t it?
A few days later, the ciabatta was looking at me sadly because it was going stale!
Parts of the bread were hard and the other parts were on their way to being hard as a rock.
Goodbye eggplant sandwich, hello panko breadcrumbs!
What’s the difference between Panko bread crumbs and breadcrumbs?
Regular breadcrumbs are finely ground whereas Panko is roughly ground. The panko crumbs are flakier and is almost always made with white bread. Regular breadcrumbs can be made from any type of bread.
Panko bread crumbs have been used in mostly Asian cooking. However, many western chefs have started using it in their daily cooking because it adds so much texture to a recipe.
Can the crumbs go bad?
The store bought versions can last a very long time, as long as you don’t expose them to air. I keep them in their container which is tightly sealed. For the bread crumbs I make at home, I try to use them up in a week or two. Since they are fresh and have no preservatives, they tend to have a shorter shelf life.
Can you refrigerate them?
Yes! When I make them at home, I always transfer them in air tight containers and refrigerate. This way, they remain fresh and last up to 6 months. You can do the same with regular bread crumbs.
What’s the best bread to use to make bread crumbs?
White bread is always used to make panko bread crumbs. I used ciabatta bread to make it, but, you can also use Italian or french bread. The key is to make sure the bread is stale so that it grinds up easily. Sadly, fresh bread doesn’t grind into powder texture.
For regular breadcrumbs, you can use any bread you have lying around. I find that whole wheat bread makes for really finely textured bread crumbs.
How to make bread stale quickly?
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Place regular bread in the oven for about 5 minutes or until its hard. Make sure its not browned
- Remove from the oven and let it cool to touch before using it.
- If you don’t have bread on hand and want to make panko, you can use melba toast or saltines or even biscotti.
Are they crumbs vegan?
Well, it comes down to the type of bread you use. Most white breads are vegan, so, you should be ok. I have seen some vegan ciabatta bread where eggs are not used, so, you can make it that way. I saw a quick vegan ciabatta recipe by holycowvegan.com that looks delicious!
Can you make bread crumbs without a food processor?
Yes!! Isn’t that good news? I find that I have become to reliant on the food processor, so, I try to find other ways to grind stuff.
Take stale bread and place it in a ziplock bag. Then, using a rolling pin or even a tenderizer, grind it to panko texture. You might not get a fine texture like with a food processor, but, you will come really close to it.
You might need to roast your bread for a little longer to make it toughter and thus, easier to crush.
If the bread is tough enough, you can also use a mortar and pestle, just like I made my pumpkin spice seasoning
What kind of seasoning can I add to it
- Dried spices like italian, oregano, lemon pepper, basil and dill
- Greek seasoning
- Za’atar spice
- Cuban seasoning
- Creole seasoning
How to refresh bread that is stale
- Wet the bread by putting it under tap water.
- Then place it in the oven at “keep warm” or a very low temperature (about 150°).
- Let the water dry out and the bread will be good as new!
What can you make with it?
- Casarecce pasta
- Meatball casserole
- Vegan mac and cheese
- Stuffed Shells
- Sweet potato wedges
- Meatballs sub
So, Make your own breadcrumbs today and put your own seasoning in it. Then, make a delicious recipe using these panko breadcrumbs and send me the pics!
What do you plan to make with these breadcrumbs?
Homemade Panko Bread Crumbs
- 1 roll Ciabatta Stale or about 2 days old
- 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
- 1 tsp Parsley Dried
- 1 Tbsp Oregano Dried
- 1 tsp Basil Dried
- 1/2 tsp Salt Optional
- Place the ciabatta roll in a processor
- Add dried parsley, oregano, basil and salt
- Grind everything to Panko texture
- Use it immediately or store in the refrigerator