How To Make & What To Do With Breadcrumbs


Lately the park rangers in our area have been asking people to refrain from feeding the ducks and geese at the local lake. It seems that the abundance of potato chips and stale bread have interrupted the birds migration patterns. Where there's food is where they park themselves for the year. Of course, a steady and growing population of waterbirds in our area is affecting the health of the lake, which of course affects other plant and animal species.

So now, many of us are wondering what to do with that stale bread that sits in pantry. Nobody wants the last few slices in the bag, or that hockey puck we once called "hamburger bun". Well here are some ideas to keep it from going to waste. Who can afford to waste anything these days?

First, crumble your bread into pieces. Toast them on a baking sheet, in a 250 degree oven, for fifteen minutes. A little lobger if you've chopped your bread into larger chunks. Allow to cool, and store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place. 

Veggie Topping

ingredients

2 C bread crumbs
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
4 TBS olive oil
2 TBS parsley
pinch of salt

instructions

Combine all ingredients together and mix well, until crumbs are evenly moistened by oil. Sprinkle over dish of lightly buttered broccoli, spinach, or other greens. Bake at 400 degrees for 10~15 minutes.

Chicken or Fish Coating

ingredients

2 C bread crumbs
4 TBS olive oil
3 TBS parsley
2 TBS thyme
grated zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt

instructions

Combine all ingredients together and mix well, until crumbs are evenly moistened by oil. For best results, coat pieces with flour, dip into water or milk, then coat with bread crumb mixture. Bake or fry as you normally would.

Fruit Dessert Topping or Pie Crust

ingredients

1 C bread crumbs
1/2 C sugar
4 TBS butter
1/2 TBS cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)

instructions

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in crumbs and toast until golden, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining ingredients, and mix well. Use mixture to top baked apples, or other fruit, or spread into pan as a pie crust.

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