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Instead of using bread crumbs or bread for your meatloaf mix, save the crumbs from the bottom of the chips, crackers, Fritos, Dorito's, even seeds from bread sticks. Just save them in a old bread bag and crush them together. You will not need to salt your meat loaf. Don't worry about the crumbs being stale, when it cooks in the oven you will never know.
By Karen from Michigan
Instead of throwing away leftover cookie crumbs or leftover pretzel crumbs, use them for a pie crust. Just substitute either of them for the graham cracker crumbs called for in the recipe you use.
Instead of throwing away crumbly muffins or coffee cake, save the crumbles and freeze. When you have enough, they can be used to make a nice bread pudding.
By Ron from Cortez, CO
Crush cracker package remnants and fill a jar in the freezer. Use cracker crumbs and margarine to make a quick crust for quiche, utilizing more remnants of vegetables and cheese!
As a physical therapist, I put to use the concept of compression on the spine to come up with this idea to quickly and neatly create cracker crumbs. Whenever you need crumbs, take the unopened sleeve of crackers and poke a few pinholes in it with a straight pin. Then, (remember the old exercise "I must, I must, I must increase my bust"?) put the ends of the sleeve of crackers in the palm of each hand and press your hands toward each other as if you were doing that exercise. You will feel the column of crackers gradually collapse and crumble. Try to keep the column as straight as possible to maintain the effect, although as it collapses it obviously loses its shape.
The pinholes are to allow air inside the sleeve to escape; otherwise the pouch would pop and your crackers and crumbs would go everywhere! Once you've compressed the sleeve as far as possible, you can then crush any remaining large pieces between your fingers right inside the sleeve. Open one end, and empty the crumbs where needed. No muss, no fuss, and no mess! Keep this from happening to your spine by getting sufficient calcium (it's not just found in milk, you know!), Vitamin D and exercise are the only fountain of youth we have!
To save money and not waste cookies, take left over animal crackers, graham crackers, teddy grams, etc. and grind them up. I then measure them into baggies, 1 cup at a time, and freeze the bags. To use in recipes, pie crusts, 7 layer bars, etc.
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Crush cracker package remnants and fill a jar in the freezer. Use cracker crumbs and margarine to make a quick crust for quiche--utilizing more remnants of vegetables and cheese!
Graham cracker crumbs can be saved in a separate jar for graham cracker crumb crusts.