Bread crumbs. Crumbs of bread. Sounds simple, right? Well it’s anther product the food industry decided to screw around with and ruin.
Take your typical Italian-seasoned bread crumbs. What would you expect to be involved in making them? Some kind of bread is baked & crumbled into tiny granules. Some spices & herbs are added in. Maybe some oil was used before the bread was baked. La-de-da, life is great. Then the food industry (who doesn’t know jack about health & is only trying to turn a profit) comes along and does this:
Wegmans Italian Classics Bread Crumbs, Seasoned
Ingredients: Enriched Bread (Enriched Wheat Flour, Malted Barley, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil and/or Cottonseed Oil and/or Canola and Corn Oils), May Contains Salt, Yeast, Sugar, Honey, Sesame and/or Poppy Seeds, Molasses, Wheat Gluten, Whey, Soy Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Butter, Skim Milk, Buttermilk, Lactic Acid, Distilled Vinegar, Soy Lecithin; Dough Conditioners (Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium and/or Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate), Yeast Nutrients (Contains One or More of the Following: Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate); Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative). Romano Cheese (Sheep’s Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes), Salt, Oregano, Garlic Powder, Dehydrated Parsley, Black Pepper.
High fructose corn syrup and about 10 other disturbing ingredients… in something that was once so simple!
Use this instead.
Panko Bread Crumbs
A Japanese-style of bread crumbs that are crunchier, larger & stay crispy even after cooking. They contain simple ingredients that you can pronounce, and come unseasoned so you can jazz them up with whatever seasonings you like. I pan-fried chicken coated with Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs last night and it was awesome. I added in some garlic powder, salt & pepper to the bread crumbs before coating my chicken.
Compare the ingredient list for Panko to the ingredient list for the Italian bread crumbs above.
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Contains 2% or less of each of the following: sugar, yeast, soybean oil, salt.
Crazy, right? Look for it in the Asian cuisine section of your grocery store. Cars, electronics, sushi and now bread crumbs. The Japanese know what’s up!