Breadcrumbs are one of the essentials in the kitchen. They are used in meatballs and meatloaf, as topping on casseroles and desserts, or as a coating on pan-fried or oven baked meats and vegetables. Fresh breadcrumbs are easily made at home. It is a good way of using up what is left of bread a few days passed its peak of freshness. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.