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How to Make Breadcrumbs Without a Food Processor

Oftentimes I find myself cooking in other people's kitchens. Last night I was making dinner for my sister and her roommates and ran into some technical difficulties. I needed homemade breadcrumbs, but the kitchen did not have a food processor. Although it took me a minute to figure out a method, I was able to quickly and easily make breadcrumbs. Here's what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Slice the bread into 1/4-inch slices.
  2. Toast the bread for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Put the bread in a plastic baggie. Using a rolling pin or a heavy pot, smash the bread into small pieces. If desired, run a sharp knife over the pieces to make sure they are crumbs.
  4. Voilà: breadcrumbs! Use according to your recipe.

Have you made breadcrumbs without a food processor? What's your technique?

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