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Hot Dog Bun Re-Use?

The gf and I, being childless, always have tons of leftover hot dog buns. Because they're so airy, I find they pick up a vague freezer smell no matter how tightly I wrap them in multiple layers of plastic wrap and foil. I'm thinking they might work as bread crumbs in a pinch. Thoughts? Other ideas? I. hate. waste.

(Semi-related note: If you can get your hands on Snake River Farms Kobe Beef Hot Dogs, do so.)

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  1. By all means, make bread crumbs outta them.

    1. Alternatively, eliminate the problem by not using hot dog buns. Many other bread options exist, from various rolls to making a dough and wrapping it around the sausage for baking.

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      1. re: poetista

        True enough. And we certainly do just buy a couple of bakery rolls from time to time (especially for brats or Polish- or Italian-sausages), but as a born-and-raised Chicagoan now living in Seattle, replicating a little bit of home ("sport" peppers and all) is sometimes the whole point. And in that case only a fairly cheap classic hot dog bun will do.

      2. You could put some butter and garlic on them and pop them in the oven on broil....they make a nice garlic bread :D

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        1. Hmm, here's a thought: next morning, make some egg batter and do French toast fingers. You can break the tops from the bottoms and just slice a sliver from the top pcs, so it will absorb the egg - unless you don't mind the crust.

          Hey, how about then sandwiching them around some breakfast sausage and maple syrup.

          Man, I will find ANY reason to use maple syrup...

          (Don't call me if this is really gross.)

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          1. re: breadchick

            Now that's what I'm talking 'bout. Will try, and will report back---whether you want me to or not.

            1. re: eight_inch_pestle

              I was similarly going to suggest bread pudding. If you have any canned pumpkin, add a bit and some pumpkin pie spice to the custard mix.

              1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                Well, eight inch, let me know how it comes out.