Background hero image for blog post: $Where Are Bread Crumbs in the Grocery Store? Title image for blog post: Where Are Bread Crumbs in the Grocery Store?

Shop Smart

Where Are Bread Crumbs in the Grocery Store?

By David

June 12, 2024

If you’re looking for where bread crumbs are in the grocery store, don’t go to the bread aisle. You’ll usually find bread crumbs in the baking aisle, although you might also find them with specific cuisines (like Italian and Japanese). While you’re making your way to the bread crumbs, be sure to check for offers on them and everything else on your list in the Fetch app.

Not sure how to use bread crumbs or how long they last? Want to know how to make bread crumbs at home? We’ve got all your bread crumb answers below.

Turn your recipes into free gift cards - get the app

…or Skip the Trip to the Store and Earn Rewards Grocery Shopping Online With Fetch Shop 

You can save yourself the hassle of aimlessly walking up and down the aisles trying to find what you’re looking for and earn rewards at the same time when you grocery shop online using Fetch Shop. With Fetch Shop, you’ll earn points per dollar on the purchases you make at select stores when placing your online order through the app. So whether you get your groceries delivered from Uber Eats, schedule a grocery pickup at Target using their Drive Up service, or stock up for a big get-together shopping online at Sam’s Club, you can turn your grocery purchases into Fetch points that can be redeemed for free gift cards, all while simultaneously avoiding the frustration of trying to find where everything is located in the store.

Here’s how to earn rewards on groceries with Fetch Shop (from the comfort of your couch):

  1. Download Fetch.
  2. Open the app, and navigate to Fetch Shop; on your “Discover” (home) tab, you’ll find the Fetch Shop icon directly to the left of the camera icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Once in Fetch Shop, scroll to the “Food & Drink” category, click where it says, “See all,” then find the grocery retailer of your choice, and select that store.
  4. Tap “Go shopping!” and then simply do your normal grocery shopping online.

What Are Bread Crumbs?

If you’ve never used them in a recipe before, it makes sense to wonder what bread crumbs are, but there’s no secret. Bread crumbs are just what they sound like: small pieces of bread. Usually they are lightly seasoned and either dried or toasted, like croutons (but much smaller). You’ll use bread crumbs to bread foods and to help things like meatballs and burgers stick together.

Are Bread Crumbs Gluten Free?

If you need a gluten-free diet, you should check the label of almost any food, and that’s especially true for bread products. Are bread crumbs gluten-free? Not unless your package specifically says so. One of the best ways to ensure you have gluten free things is to make them yourself. Just jump down to our section on how to make bread crumbs at home down below, then swap in gluten-free bread.

How to Use Bread Crumbs

Bread crumbs are most often used as a breading, although you can also find them as a crunchy topping on casseroles. You probably have a recipe that already calls for bread crumbs, and here’s how to use bread crumbs you’ve got left afterward:

How Long Do Bread Crumbs Last?

You don’t want to learn the answer to “how long do bread crumbs last” the hard way, and it depends on where you keep them. So here’s a quick guide:

  • Pantry: Up to two weeks, if it’s cool and dry.
  • Fridge (recommended for fresh bread crumbs): Up to one month.
  • Freezer: Four to six months.

It’s just bread, though; can bread crumbs even go bad?

Do Bread Crumbs Go Bad?

Bread crumbs don’t technically go bad. If you’re bothered by the “technically,” that’s good. Even though they are dried food, bread crumbs can get too dry and go stale. You could also find them clumped together if you have a really humid pantry or kitchen. 

We said bread crumbs last anywhere between two weeks and six months depending on where you keep them, and you should keep that six month mark as a firm deadline for finding new bread crumbs. 

If they don’t go bad, then what does that mean for expired bread crumbs?

Can You Use Expired Bread Crumbs?

Now that you know bread crumbs can’t technically go bad, you’re probably asking if you can use expired bread crumbs. You can still use expired bread crumbs. Expired bread crumbs are probably going to impact the taste of your food, though, especially if they are so far past the expiration date they have gone stale.

What Can I Use Instead of Bread Crumbs?

You’ve already gone grocery shopping, and you’re gathering the ingredients for one of your family’s favorite recipes. You reach for the cupboard and discover your box of bread crumbs empty. What can you use instead of bread crumbs in a recipe? 

  • Crushed cornflakes (along with some savory seasonings to balance the sweetness)
  • Crushed pretzels or chips
  • Ground oats
  • Crumbled cornbread
  • Crushed crackers
  • Seeds or nuts chopped finely in a food processor

How to Make Bread Crumbs at Home

It’s good to know how to make bread crumbs at home, but unless you really want to make things from scratch, you’ll probably prefer to buy them. Here’s our recipe (check below for how to season bread crumbs):

  1. Preheat the oven to 300º F.
  2. Cut your bread into one-inch cubes and then pulse in a food processor. Pulse longer for fine bread crumbs.
  3. Transfer to one or more sheet pans and spread in an even layer.
  4. Bake for five minutes, stir the bread crumbs around the sheet, and bake for five minutes more.
  5. Allow to cool for ten minutes.
  6. Transfer to an airtight container along with your seasonings.
  7. Mix your seasonings and bread crumbs and seal your container.

How to Season Bread Crumbs

If you’re making your own bread crumbs at home, there’s more to it than the bread. How to season bread crumbs will depend on what kind of flavor you’re looking for. Here are some guidelines on how to season bread crumbs, depending on the recipe you’re going to make:

  • General Purpose: Salt, dried oregano, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Italian: Italian seasoning (dried oregano, dried parsley, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper) and salt.
  • Japanese: For homemade Panko, you’ll just need dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder and pepper.

Text reading, "Turn your groceries into gift cards -- get the app"

Add Bread Crumbs to Your Shopping List and Plan Your Grocery Purchases With Fetch

Now that you know where bread crumbs are in the grocery store, be sure to add them to your shopping list. Don’t forget to open up the Fetch app and check for any offers! Boosted offers are one of the easiest ways to make big gains in points and ultimately save money on future supermarket trips while doing the same grocery shopping you’re already doing. 

Topics: Food and Drink, Shopping Lists



David Fairbanks is a writer, science educator and Chicagoan fueled by coffee. He's written about everything from Ferraris to handcrafted pet urns to Superman, and he genuinely loves loyalty/rewards programs.

You Might Also Like

Visit Unleashed for all the latest Fetch content