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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2013, 09:52:36 AM »
I always thought that was the norm too. To the point that when I'm ordering a sandwich I automatically say "x filling, no butter please!" and about 20% of the time they'll butter it by mistake anyway.

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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2013, 09:53:40 AM »
I've read it in books, but never known anybody who does it in person.  I'm in the U.S., so yes, perhaps it's not really an American thing, but done elsewhere?

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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2013, 09:59:58 AM »
I used to eat butter and cheese sandwiches when I was really little, but the thought of eating butter on my sandwich now (besides using it for grilled cheese) kinda makes me queasy.


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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2013, 10:05:49 AM »
Butter keeps the bread from becoming soggy if you use a moist filling. (Kitchen tip from my mom)
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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2013, 10:21:56 AM »
I am from the US - Midwest. As a kid, I always buttered my sandwiches; I much preferred that to mayo, mustard, or ketchup. I now prefer mayo, but will occasionally use butter instead. And in our house, toast with jam has to be buttered first.

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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2013, 10:26:31 AM »
Only if I'm toasting the bread for the sandwich, because the butter makes the toast softer. If I'm making a sandwich of cold fillings on cold bread, no. That said, when eating a sandwich "out," a lot of times the roll/bun/whatever comes buttered.

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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2013, 10:27:05 AM »
I remember my grandmother (born 1905) buttering sandwiches instead of using mayo/mustard.  A salami sandwich with butter stands out in my mind!  She was raised by her Irish immigrant grandparents, and always lived on a farm - sounds like butter is a common sandwich condiment in some places, plus her grandfather was a notoriously cheap man, who would never have gone for buying condiments at the store when they had plenty of butter right there, and would not have been OK at all with using valuable eggs to make mayonnaise.  Wasn't mayonnaise considered a 'luxury' sauce in the early 1900's?

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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2013, 10:28:41 AM »
Mustard will dry out the bread if you aren't eating the sandwich right away.  So if I'm packing a sandwich, I'll butter the piece of bread that the mustard goes on to keep it from drying out.

I'll put butter on one piece of bread, mayo or Miracle Whip on the other for a turkey sandwich.  Along with some cranberry orange relish.  Yum!

If whatever I'm putting on the bread is somewhat spreadable, I don't use any butter - peanut butter, egg salad.  But if it is lunchmeat, I'll sometimes butter one piece of bread.  If the bread is really fresh, I don't bother.
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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2013, 10:38:27 AM »
My grandparents (born just before 1900 in the Midwest US with strong ties to their Norwegian roots, if any of that helps explain anything) put butter on bread before making anything. In fact, they put butter on other bread-like products before adding fillings or meat: hamburger/hot dogs, crackers, pastries/sweet rolls, lefse...

My parents did it a little-- I remember it on our PB&J sandwiches, but my brother and I don't do it at all. I think he and I were grossed out by butter on our hot dogs.

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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2013, 10:43:36 AM »
Not only buttered, but LOTS o' butter!  The whatever filling/topping I want (yes, including peanut butter on the butter).

 

My father used to do this with peanut butter, and did the "tooth butter" as described above. It honestly made my stomach turn. The only time I put any butter on sandwiches is on the outside, if i'm making grilled cheese. But never inside.

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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2013, 10:44:08 AM »
Not unless it is a toasted sandwich (grilled cheese, etc).  Most of my non PB&J sandwiches get mustard.

I did read about the practice in a book when I was a kid and tried it.  With PB&J it is fine, but it doesn't make enough difference to me that I am willing to bother.  I don't much like it with savory sandwiches that aren't being grilled.
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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2013, 10:51:49 AM »
When I make a sandwich I butter the bread then add the fillings. This is the way everybody in my family makes sandwiches/rolls. I assumed this was common but when chatting to someone about it they not only had never heard of buttering the bread, they found the idea disgusting!

So, do you butter your sandwich bread?

Of course. It's the only way to make a sandwich.  :D

I wouldn't add butter to something like a tuna mayonnaise sandwich, but a standard ham or cheese or chicken? You betcha.
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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2013, 10:59:22 AM »
I am English-Irish ancestery - no butter on the inside of the sandwich, even though my mom was raised on a dairy farm.

Lucas is Swiss-German - buttered the inside.

He is one of four children, and now there is only one of them that asks for butter when I make a meal of soup and sandwich, and the only person I know who asks, no matter how they were raised. We are now in our 60s and 70s.

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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2013, 11:00:37 AM »
The first place I saw this was when traveling in the UK.  I am from the NE U.S., and currently live in the south.  My parents are first generation immigrants, Italy and India.  I do butter the outside of grilled cheese, before cooking.
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Re: I thought everyone did it this way...
« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2013, 11:03:50 AM »
The texture of the topping and the choice of bread greatly affects whether I butter or not. I like butter for adding moisture to sandwiches, and in some instances, I don't think you need it.

I butter toast under peanut butter (I didn't use to, but I've started recently). I don't butter bread under peanut butter.

I apply mayo on bread under meat; I apply butter on toast under meat.

I had heard of putting butter under peanut butter on bread, but it has always seemed silly to me.