I had no idea it was neccesary to check! My only concern had been price. I assumed they were all created equal. One ingredient was neccessary. To my surprise, there was 25 items listed in the ingredient list. Among the many salts and chemicals was HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP! I should have known better. I should have checked. They added HFCS to my container of bread crumbs!!
These bread crumbs will no longer pass the lips of my family again. Luckily, I have bread, thus I can have whole wheat bread crumbs, 100% salt-free, sugar free, HFCS free, with a price almost free!
I laid out the heels of our loaves of bread. If you leave them in the bag, they will probably mold before they dry out. If you want soft, fluffy bread crumbs, you don’t even need them to dry out.
Then I used my mini-food processor. I have used this thing almost to the death. It was only $25 and worth every penny. I can only grind one slice at a time because of the size. By the time I afford a large food processor, my kids will be out of the house and I won’t need it anymore.
Then I poured my crumbs into a jar for future use. At this point you could add ground flax, ground nuts, or wheat germ to increase the nutrient density of your bread crumbs.
We use bread crumbs for chicken fingers, breaded vegetables, or stretching hamburger meat. This process definitely passes my requirements of healthy, fast, and cheap!
My friend Cathy has an entire blog devoted to her family eliminating HFCS. You can follow her ideas here. She uncovers other surprising foods that contain HFCS and why this sweetener does not belong in our diet. Good Job Cathy! Keep it up!