How to Keep Your Burger Buns Dry

How to Keep Your Burger Buns Dry

Since mayo and ripe avocado are mostly fats and therefore hydrophobic, spreading a thin layer of it on the bottom bun will prevent the bread from being soaked by burger juice. And they taste good to boot.


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    Ever since the early days of your TV series, I’ve followed your recipes. Your turkey shield has saved the breasts of many a turkey from drying out in my ovens. Your chocolate recipies have been a staple for me as I learned to work with it. The truffle one is so much fun to do with my kids. Of course I burn off the alcohol first. My family has loved food for generations. Anthony Spinazzola a chef and food critic for the Boston Globe was a family member I grew up with. His style was so personal and unscientific and passed onto me through many hours in the kitchen.
    I’ve never had one of your recipes fail me. The science applied by your style of cooking combines perfectly with the artsy cooking style I was taught. It’s shown me that cooking and baking is a truly science but it also benefits from the personal touch of feeling from the individual.

    I’ve been saving my burger buns for years by putting the lettuce under the burger curved side up. It just seemed natural to do and it also holds the relish in place which has a tendency too, for some reason slides off the burger when placed on the top. I use the mayo on the top bun and it combines nicely with the katsup and mustard. Of course the cheese also protects the top of the bun as well making it all the more unlikely to get soggy. (Unless the cheese was melted into the burger from it being too hot)

    Thanks for so much good information.

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    Not exactly what I had in mind.
    I just don’t like mayonnaise in high quantities.
    You sound like every other perverted employee I’ve ever worked with in a kitchen.
    What I meant about the statement, “clean anal eaters,” is for people that don’t want to make a mess when they eat. The anal part refers to their ANAL RETENTIVENESS!
    Not a sexual ize statement like you refered to Pufferfish.

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    Jim Arlotta

    I never thought of that. Quite ingenious!
    What about the “clean anal eaters’ out there?”
    You know, the ones’ that don’t want to make a mess or get dirty!

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    I use cheese slices on the top and bottom before adding the burger and condiments, the cheese prevents the bun from getting soggy too

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      Cheese slices get slippery. Mayonnaise preserves the texture of the bread. Cheese makes a sled for the meat. In my experience.

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    Water and fat don’t mix. It’s that simple. The fats in a layer of mayo create a barrier that prevents a great deal of the moisture from the burger from penetrating through. I would also suggest toasting the bottom half of your bun on both sides for extra rigidity. Also, put your lettuce under your patties. The perfect burger is out there…

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    Shannon P

    My mom used butter on my dad’s sandwiches do keep the bread from getting soggy when he worked in the coal mines. Otherwise his sandwich would be inedible halfway through a 12-hour shift. My gram made my pap’s sandwiches the same way!

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    I do not like mayo on my burgers, so I use BUTTER! I use no veg oil and cook using lard and mu colestrol is 87! Veg oil is the worst oil you can eat! I use mayo in my coleslaw that is made from olive oil or make ky own fresh, using Alton’s method!

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