Make panko bread crumbs by shredding chunks of white bread, and baking them. For true panko bread crumbs, the bread should come from a special kind of white bread that is light and airy and contains wheat flour, oil, salt and yeast and doesn't contain eggs.
First, purchase fluffy, light white bread or find the specialized bread used to make panko breadcrumbs. If this is not possible, then use regular white bread minus the crusts, although the breadcrumbs won't be true panko breadcrumbs. Remove the crusts from the bread, then tear the crust into chunks. Next, feed the bread through the shredding disk of a food processor to make finer crumbs.
Toast the crumbs in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 to 8 minutes. A few times during the baking process, shake the sheet. Remove the crumbs from the oven before they brown. Allow the crumbs to cook completely before using or store them long-term in a resealable plastic bag in a freezer.
Use your panko breadcrumbs as a breading for certain dishes such as fried chicken. They can also be used as a topping for casseroles and baked pasta. They can be added to ground meat or vegetables as a binder to make homemade burgers. Use them to add thickness and texture to soups and sauces.