Surprising HFCS food of the week

>> Thursday, September 11, 2008

When we first cleaned out our pantry of HFCS-containing foods, I was shocked - SHOCKED - to find that my dry breadcrumbs had HFCS in them. Breadcrumbs? Who would have thought? Now that I know a little more about the hows and whys of HFCS usage, it makes sense to me. Breadcrumbs are not sweet, but they do require a long shelf life, and as we found out when exploring HFCS's role in bread, HFCS can help extend shelf life. Breadcrumbs sit on an unrefrigerated shelf for an amazingly long time, so any cheap, shelf-life extending aid has got to be a boon to manufacturers.

Progresso is one of the brands that sells breadcrumbs with HFCS. Seems like most do, so be sure to check the label when buying regular breadcrumbs. Surprisingly, Albertson's generic brand of breadcrumbs did not have HFCS in them (at least, when I last checked). Their flavor was also a little more like cardboard than the other brands, but that might have been because I was using an old carton of breadcrumbs.

Progresso contains HFCS!!!

Panko breadcrumbs are another alternative. I have found two brands that don't have HFCS in them. Sun Luck is one of the HFCS-free brands. (Sadly, I don't remember what the second brand was.) Panko has a different crumb texture than regular breadcrumbs, so they might not always be a good alternative in your recipes.
HFCS free!

To avoid the issue all together, I've started making my own breadcrumbs. Whenever I have old bread leftover (especially the heels), I pop it into my food processor and whir it into breadcrumbs. They'll last as long as a carton of dried breadcrumbs when stored in my freezer. I use them as is for fresh breadcrumbs, and heat them at 400 F for about 5 min (check to make sure they don't burn) in my oven to make dried breadcrumbs. Easy-peasy! And so much better tasting than the dry breadcrumbs you get in a box!


Anonymous September 11, 2008 at 8:48 AM  

What? Making your own bread crumbs....great idea. As always so much valuable information here! Thanks!

Anonymous September 11, 2008 at 8:57 AM  

Augh! Are you kidding??!?! I never even thought to look in the breadcrumbs! Another one bites the dust.

Lori September 11, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

Geez, the stuff is everywhere! Great tip for storing homemade ones in the freezer. Hadn't thought of that.

Hil September 11, 2008 at 10:14 AM  

I was shocked about the bread crumbs too!

Homemade sounds pretty good...

Anonymous September 11, 2008 at 11:42 AM  

I make my own as well. Depending on what I am making, sometimes I also substitute wheat bran, whole wheat flour, ground flax, or ground raw nuts.

Great site!


Anonymous September 11, 2008 at 12:10 PM  

i never thought it would be in bread crumbs. weird. It's ok though, right...according to the commercials the stuff is great for us! jk.

Anonymous September 11, 2008 at 1:13 PM  

It's amazing where HCFS will pop up. Thanks for looking out. And with their new marketing campaign, there's bound to be a lot of confusion about its benefits.

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Anonymous September 12, 2008 at 3:23 AM  

I rarely make my own ANYTHING but have been doing this as well.

that stuff IS everywhere and while I need to be better about avoiding I try where I can.

Anonymous September 12, 2008 at 7:52 AM  

Gosh hfcs is like roaches. They seem to get into everything!

cathy September 12, 2008 at 10:09 AM  

Sheila and Mizfit - it's insanely easy to make your own breadcrumbs, isn't it? I like your idea of adding more good stuff to them, Sheila!

Felice Devine September 23, 2008 at 5:59 PM  

I normally make my own breadcrumbs, but I love panko and can never get mine to be like that. Ian's panko doesn't have HFCS. Maybe that is the second brand you were thinking of.

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