Breadcrumbs

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.

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First, I cut random chunks of leftover bread and left them to dry out on the counter in the afternoon.

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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

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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.

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