How to make breadcrumbs - Jar of breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are a magic ingredient. They bring incredible texture to creamy pasta dishes and potato-topped pies and are a great vehicle for flavourings. Just a light dusting can transform everyday dishes with very little effort.

Making your own is cheaper than shop-bought, and will help you to reduce your food waste. So, next time you find yourself at the stale end of your loaf don’t bin it, blitz it!


You’ll need:
1 loaf of stale bread


food processor or blender
clean, dry airtight container

Equipment for making breadcrumbs



  1. Tear stale bread into small chunks and add to a food processor or blender.Person tearing up a load of bread into a food processor
  2. Pulse or blitz for a minute or so.Bread being blitzed by a food processor
  3. Stop when you have your desired texture.
    Food processor with fine breadcrumbs in it
  4. Transfer to an airtight container until ready to use.

Hands transferring breadcrumbs from food processor into a jar

What to do with breadcrumbs?

Now you can use your fine breadcrumbs to coat fish for easy homemade fish fingers  But that’s not all:

Extra crust

Use fine stale breadcrumbs instead of flour to dust your baking tray before adding the pizza dough. It stops the dough sticking and gives double crunch.

Herby topper

Whiz up tough crusts into coarse breadcrumbs, spread on a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and your favourite herbs, then toast under the grill until golden. Sprinkle over salads, pasta, soup, risottos or stews for beautiful seasoning and texture.

Lighten burgers and meatloaf

Use fine breadcrumbs in meatloaf and burger recipes to bind them and make the meat go further. Flavour the breadcrumbs with herbs and spices for an extra flavour kick.

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