I always have these on hand in the freezer. They are very quick to make and can be made with stale bread or fresh bread.
- Save ends from bread (whole wheat preferred) and freeze them until you have enough to make bread crumbs, or use regular slices of bread. Toast the slices in the toaster (if you only have a few), or lay them on a cookie sheet and broil on both sides until golden brown. Be careful not to burn them.
- Let the toast sit at room temperature until it is cool and dry. Turn the slices over occasionally so no moisture collects underneath from their heat.
- Tear a few slices into small pieces and put in a blender or food processor. Blend until fine crumbs are formed. Pour into a plastic bag. Repeat with the remaining slices.
- Freeze in the plastic bag and use them as needed. As you collect more crusts keep making bread crumbs and add to this bag, so that you always have some on hand.
NOTE: Two slices of bread will yield about 1 cup crumbs.