So lately I've been baking bread every couple of days. Dense, crusty stuff. And sometimes there's part of a loaf left when the next batch comes out of the oven. Trying to get people to finish off the two-day-old bread when there's a warm fresh loaf available is a losing proposition.
No problem. Breadcrumbs are useful to have around, and they keep forever in the freezer.
The difficulties arise when trying to turn a quarter loaf of stale bread into crumbs. The food processor with the regular blade doesn't work very well; the blade tends to imbed itself in even fairly small pieces of crust. The grater attachment doesn't fare much better; bits of bread got between the grater plate and the lid of the machine. Either way, the motor bogs down and everything has to be disassembled and restarted.
It doesn't matter whether it's a big batch or a small batch. I've tried letting the bread dry out completely, and have also tried making crumbs when the bread is still somewhat moist. No matter what, it's an ordeal. I suppose that cutting everything into 1/4" dice would be one solution, but am hoping for something a little less labor intensive.
I'm considering letting the bread dry completely, then smashing it with a hammer or a rolling pin before pulverizing the pieces. But that's guaranteed to make a huge mess, and I'll probably whack my thumb. Any better ideas?
Thanks in advance.