Looking for Breadcrumb Alternatives? Try an Authentic Panko

Panko - breadcrumb alternativeSummer is on the horizon and along with longer days and warmer temperatures, summer also brings about a change in the type of menu items diners tend to order. Consumers still crave crispy foods but look for lighter options. This is an excellent opportunity to replace your standard breadcrumbs with an Authentic Japanese Panko. An Authentic Panko can do everything breadcrumbs do, but with a lighter, crisper and less greasy taste.

Panko is a Lighter and Crispier Breading Choice

Authentic Japanese Panko breadcrumbs are the perfect replacement for standard breadcrumbs for so many reasons. Traditionally used in Asian cuisine, the popularity of Panko in western culture has skyrocketed due to its incredible versatility, light and delicate texture along with its ability to stay crisper longer. Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Panko is an excellent choice to help lighten up any menu this summer and we proudly boasts all of our Panko is certified GMO Free, Vegan, Kosher and Halal.

One Ingredient a Wealth of Applications

Coating: The most popular use for Panko is as a coating for fried foods, perfect for both oven and deep-fried. The texture of an Authentic Panko is light, airy and delicate, absorbs less oil and provides a better crispy texture than standard breadcrumbs.

Mix-in: Panko is ideal as a mix-in for meatballs, vegetable fritters, or anything else that needs a binder. Authentic Panko is a superior choice than breadcrumbs because of the delicate texture it adds without added flavors. Authentic Panko breadcrumbs are flavor neutral and will never add a bready flavor so the flavor of your protein, vegetables and spices come through clean.

Top Coating: The light and delicate texture of Authentic Panko is perfect for top coatings, adding a perfect crisp that isn’t heavy or oily. From au gratins to cobblers, the texture results in a perfectly delicious light and crispy topping.

Authentic Panko is quite possible one of the most versatile ingredients in the pantry; strong enough to hold up to a deep fryer, delicate enough to grace the top of desserts, bold enough to add texture to any menu item, from sweet to savory.

However, Not all Panko is Authentic – how can you tell the difference?

Not all panko brands are Authentic Japanese Panko breadcrumbs, the difference is substantial and using a brand that isn’t authentic could deliver unsavory results. It’s easy to tell the difference just by looking, an Authentic Panko will have the following characteristics:

  1. Large sliver shape crumb (flaky look) – many Panko brands have small round crumbs.
  2. Light airy texture – some Panko brand have large crumbs but they are very hard and dense.
  3. Authentic Panko will always be light and airy with a sliver or flaky looking crumb.

Creating a light and delicate flaky Authentic Panko takes time and can never be rushed. The key to making an Authentic Panko starts with a clean and simple list of ingredients; high quality flour, yeast, sugar and salt and then taking the time to process the dough to create the perfect crustless loaf of bread.

For more than 35 years Upper Crust Enterprises has been producing Authentic Panko for restaurants across the globe. Strictly adhering to the traditional Japanese methods is the secret in creating a truly Authentic Panko breadcrumb. We follow traditional Japanese methods and process the dough to create millions of small air pockets so when cooked and ground each Panko crumb has that distinctive light delicate crispy texture, every time.

Take a virtual tour of our plant and see how we create our Authentic Panko.

Panko should never (ever) be hard or dense. And that’s exactly what happens when lower quality ingredients are used and the cooking and grinding process are rushed. Only Authentic Japanese Panko will have the light airy delicate and flaky shape that creates a perfectly light and crispy texture, without an “overly oily” taste.

Experience A Truly Authentic Japanese Panko

We personally invite you (Professional Chefs, Restaurants and food distributors only) to try Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Japanese Panko – FREE.

Experience firsthand the difference an Authentic Japanese Panko will have on your menu items.

We guarantee our Authentic Panko will:

  • Taste lighter and crispy.
  • Have a delicate crispy texture that stays crispy longer.
  • Provides a better yield than standard Panko.
  • Deliver a better plate presentation making coating items look bigger, without the “bready” taste.

Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Japanese Panko breadcrumbs are available exclusively to Professional Chefs, Restaurants (large or small) and Food Distributors.

After you receive your sample visit our Recipe Suggestions and have fun trying new recipes and discovering how such a little crumb can have such a great impact on your favorites dishes!

All of our Authentic Panko products are certified GMO Free, vegan, Kosher and Halal.


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