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My homemade sourdough bread dries so hard the food processor or blender cannot grind into breadcrumbs. What else can I try?

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  • Use different bread, or try to make one that doesn't turn into diamond? Or try a grater, we generally use that...
    – Dan Mašek
    Commented Jun 23 at 23:08
  • If the issue is that the bread has gone stale, you might be able to bring it back by putting it in a brown paper bag, wet the outside of the bag, then bake it. Once it’s warmed through, it might grind up better… but it could also turn into a gummy mess if it gets too much moisture in it
    – Joe
    Commented Jun 25 at 1:03
  • It might be helpful if you tell us what's your end goal. Are you just trying to make breadcrumbs or are you repurposing old / stale bread?
    – Luciano
    Commented Jun 25 at 8:20

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  • A mortar and pestle.
  • A hammer and a plastic bag. Tightly woven fabric bag should also work, if reducing plastic use.
  • Not waiting so long before attempting to grind it into crumbs.
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If the problem is that the chunks go round and round, occasionally getting crumbs knocked off them, pulsing helps, as does putting more in there to start with. If I only want a few breadcrumbs I use the mini chopper attachment meant for nuts, herbs, and even coffee beans. My food processor also has a grater disc that works on bread. I don't often use it because it works better on very dry bread.

If I want dry crumbs (for storage) I crumb the bread fresh or lightly dried, then dry the crumbs in the oven. That's normally with commercial sandwich bread, such as when I had the crusts left over from 10 loaves, but it works better than drying the bread first. I can estimate my consumption fairly well so rarely end up with it that hard accidentally.

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