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Jul 9, 2008 12:22 PM

How long will fresh bread crumbs last?

I want to use up some of these French rolls I have, but I don't know how long they will stroe? Do I keep them in just a regular tupperware container? Thanks in advance!

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  1. I would freeze them. Then, you will have them on hand whenever you need breadcrumbs.

    In the refrigerator, they might keep a week or so.

    1. Shelf life for bread crumbs will depend upon their moisture content and, to some extent, how they were handled. I'd sign on with what DanaB suggested. Freezing them will greatly extend their useful life. Just be sure to freeze them in an appropriate container (I generally use freezer bags from which all the air has been expelled - then put them inside a sealable plastic container.

      1. Once completely dry leftover bread can keep for months if you live in a dry climate. I would not keep them in fridge or freezer -- they'll just pick up nasty smells. Just put them in a cool, dark cupboard. If they grow mold, toss em. If not, no problem. I've made bread crumbs from leftover bread at least 3 and possibly 6 months old. Results may vary by region (if you live in Arizona you probably can pass on your stale bread to your grandchildren). You might need a cleaver to break the bread into small enough pieces to put into your blender or food processor, but the taste will be fine. Tends to make rather fine grained crumbs, though, if you let the bread get totally dry before grinding.

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        1. re: Zeldog

          Exactly. I throw mine in a bag in the freezer, but if the bread is very dry, then they'll keep virtually forever on the shelf.

        2. Thanks so much everyone!! I live in NJ, so I don't think I can dtore them in the cuppard that long, Zeldog. It is just way too hot and humid here now!!! :)

          I really appreciate everyone's help!! Have a great day!