They’re not something I need everyday, or even every week. But breadcrumbs do come in handy a few times a month in meat balls (which I make) and mac and cheese (which I always intend to make but never do). I should have been making these myself all along. No wonder I couldn’t find them in Swiss grocery stores because they already figured that part out–how silly of me. Initially I tried grating wedges of stale bread on a cheese grater and when that didn’t work I put chunks of bread into zip-lock plastic bags and beat the hell out of it with a mallet. Both methods were met with limited success and lots of mess. It was suggested by a friend that I just pop some bread in my food processor. This method actually worked, as you can see from my pictorial essay below.
First, I cut random chunks of leftover bread and left them to dry out on the counter in the afternoon.
Tossed them in the food processor (which by the way, is no Cuisinart). Quite a bit of bread dust was spewed out in a sufficient radius to require a vacuum cleaner intervention. Yes, I had the cover on the food processor
Okay, not exactly uniform in diameter–but these will work for my purposes. Stash in the freezer for later use because few recipes call for moldy breadcrumbs.