How to Dry Bread Crumbs. Bread crumbs impart a unique consistency to the body of a dish. They are used as toppings, for stuffing and to add texture to food. Crumbs made of old and dry bread are usually more crisp than their fresh counterpart. Make your own dry bread crumbs next time you want to use them in your favorite dish.
Choose a bread of your choice such as plain, whole wheat, sourdough, French, rye or even any sweet bread. Use fresh or old bread. Take out as many pieces as you want depending upon your need.
Place bread pieces on a baking sheet and put in the oven at a temperature of 175 to 200 degrees F. For a more toast-like flavor, increase the temperature a bit. Let the baking sheet sit in the oven for 30 minutes or until the bread is fully dry.
Remove the bread from the oven and let cool. Next, put the bread in a food processor or a blender and grind to make fine dry bread crumbs.
Take another approach with fresh bread. Tear the bread into bite size pieces and crumble them in a food processor. Work with high and low pulses of the food processor to obtain fine or course bread crumbs. Place the crumbs in a clean non-stick frying pan and toast until they are golden brown. Remove to a plate and let cool.
Wear oven mitts when removing bread from the oven. Place the dry bread crumbs in a sealed plastic bag or air tight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.