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Old 02/01/13, 08:17 AM
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freezing hot dog buns..

this sounds silly, I'm totally serious. I freeze nothing but bread in my top fridge freezer. just toss it in..freeze...always good. many loaves fit there. I freeze hamburger buns...no problem. I take hot dog buns (bought, but I'm sure you guessed that) and with their original wrap on, I also put them in a ziplock freezer bag. darned if they aren't ALWAYS hard and icky, even after only a week or two. I'm not a big hot dog person, but sometimes we like to get a fire going and roast a couple. frustrating that only the hot dog buns don't seem to keep well. any idea why? they are always fresh when frozen, and I don't buy many so it's not like we have them in the freezer for weeks. I can't figure it out.

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Old 02/01/13, 08:46 AM
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Are you getting all the air out? I use regular freezer bags with a twist tie and get as much air out as possible, never really had a problem with anything including hot dog buns

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Old 02/01/13, 08:53 AM
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I do make sure all air is out. it's the strangest thing to me. all bread items freeze fine for long periods, except those darn hot dog buns! I think I'll not buy them now unless we know we're planning to roast a couple. it happened the other day...and I knew as soon as I thought they'd be thawed that they felt hard and stale. ugh.

I have all sorts of bread items frozen, from regular bread to homemade. regular buns to hoagie buns to bagels and English muffins. we could live a month eating breads like lunatics. but those hot dog buns........no way do I want those stale, hard things.

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It doesn't make too much sense because I figure they use the same bread formula for hotdog buns as for hamburger buns only make them in different molds. That sure is odd. I've never had it happen and I freeze all sorts of breadstuffs.

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Old 02/01/13, 09:31 AM
 
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that is kinda strange, i too figured the hamburger and hot dog buns are all the same..
Don't throw them away though, add some butter and garlic to them and broil them and you got perfectly good bread stick's or some croutons...

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Old 02/01/13, 09:34 AM
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Maybe you just need to try DIFFERENT types of hotdog buns.

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Old 02/01/13, 09:40 AM
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I don't know what kind of different hot dog buns I could try from the store. but those are the only ones I double bag with freezer bags and still go funky! it has had me stumped for ages, but I guess it is what it is. just can't stock up on hot dog store buns for me. odd, but true!

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Old 02/01/13, 10:04 AM
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my hubby lines the top shelf of the freezer with thin cardboard, like from a cereal type box thickness, and puts it on the sides and top of the bread as well, kinda like a sleeve that all the bread/buns go into, and it keeps them much longer and fresher..

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We used to freeze hot dog buns at the drive in theatre. The only way to make them even halfway passable was to put them in the steamer briefly and then toast them on the grill. The New England style buns (where the sides are all joined together like dinner rolls) work much better for freezing.

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I have a problem with one side of the bun drying out. If you remove the metal twist tie, spritz a few drops of water into the bag, and nuke them for 20 seconds or so they come out hot and soft. Not as good as fresh but better than stale.

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Old 02/01/13, 10:32 AM
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That is strange. I used to run the concession stand for our high school stadium. One year I had tons of hotdog buns left over after football season so I tossed them in the freezer and used them for soccer season next spring.

Hamburger buns on the other hand could only last a couple of weeks in the freezer. After that they would turn to crumbs when you tried to use them.

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Yep, toast them or heat them a little in the oven, they will be fine then.

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Old 02/01/13, 11:03 AM
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I do toast them. hub wanted a hot dog the other day, and he thought the toasted bun was an extra. ha! didn't tell him it was to hide the stale.

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Old 02/01/13, 11:09 AM
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I don't know what kind of different hot dog buns I could try from the store. but those are the only ones I double bag with freezer bags and still go funky! it has had me stumped for ages, but I guess it is what it is. just can't stock up on hot dog store buns for me. odd, but true!
If those are the ONLY ones you freeze, either 1. those are the type that doesn't freeze well, or 2. ALL hot dog buns do not freeze well.

Most people who've replied say they have problems too, but SOME say no problem. So, my suggestion to try different type/maker of hot dog buns.

BTW, Last I remember, I had no problem with frozen hot dog buns, BUT I just made garlic toast with them.

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We used the hot dog buns at school .....they sprayed it with garlic/butter spray and toasted it....served with spaghetti...YUMMY

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I wish I knew but the hotdog buns aleays seem to go bad for us especially cheap ones but our other bread is just fine. I have tried toasting and the water and microwave but my hotdog buns are dry and hard even the chickens will not eat them

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Old 02/01/13, 01:47 PM
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why I think it's so odd is that I freeze bought hamburger buns, and they are always fine........weeks later. to me a bought hot dog bun is just a skinny hamburger bun, right? so I take both...put in to a ziplock freezer bag..and the hamburger buns will be fine, the hot dogs buns all stiff and freezer burn icks. I don't know. luckily we don't eat hot dogs often, but I'm sort of over trying to freeze the buns for sure!

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Old 02/01/13, 02:21 PM
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I will sometimes buy buns for everyone else to use, but I almost always just use a piece of bread. The bun seems too thick to me.

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Old 02/01/13, 02:36 PM
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funny, Melissa, cause I am the same. I don't want all that bun. I prefer a thin slice of bread.

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Could it be where in the freezer you're storing them?
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