Here is our quick and easy Kootenay Spice way to use up those heels and leftover slices of the ‘old bread’ that will also save you money!
Make your own breadcrumbs!
Any kind of bread will work, fresh, whole wheat, buns, cut off crusts, dried and stale, whatever is left in your bread box that you would otherwise throw away.
Preheat your oven to bake at 350˚F.
Simply put the bread in a food processor and chop until they are quite fine. If you like, add some spices and seasonings. Kootenay Spice Italian Seasoning or Herbs de Provence work very well in breadcrumbs! Be creative, throw in whatever you think may taste good! Keep in mind, mixing in parmesan cheese or other perishables will require that all of the crumbs be used immediately. Once the crumbs are finely chopped, add a drizzle of vegetable oil (~1-2tsp) and continue processing to mix well.
Evenly spread the crumbs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about five minutes, until the edges start to brown. Remove and stir the dark edges to the centre with a spatula. Repeat this process 2-4 times, or until all of the crumbs have browned and are thoroughly dry.
Let the crumbs cool and use immediately or store in a cool, dry place.
There you have it, your own breadcrumbs and a great way to use up bread that may have otherwise gotten thrown out!