Finally? A Scientific Formula for the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Think you’ve managed to perfect making a grilled cheese sandwich? Think again. The British Cheese Board and the Royal Society of Chemists worked hand in hand to come up with a recipe for what they claim is the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. If their recipe leads to the fine creation pictured above, then I’m all ears because even the photo of the sandwich is making me drool.

The society’s science executive Ruth Neale explained: “We found that the perfect slice can be made by melting 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of sliced hard cheese, such as cheddar, on a slice of white bread, 10 millimeters (.39 inches) thick, under the grill. The cheese on toast should sit at a distance of 18 centimeters (7 inches) from the heat source — which in our grill was at a temperature of 115 degrees Celsius (239 degrees Fahrenheit) — and needs to cook for four minutes to achieve the perfect consistency and taste.”

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If the wordy directions confuse you, then worry not. The diagram above presents it in a more graphic manner, albeit still a scientific one. The team apparently carried out a series of tests and changed one variable at a time to come up with this recipe, varying the distance of the cheese from the grill, the grilling time, and finally, the size of the cheese itself.

And it was all for the love of grilled cheese.


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