TIL there’s a right way to split an English muffin

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What I learned

When you have backyard chickens, you make a lot of breakfast sandwiches. After years of slicing my English muffins with a knife like a mouth-breathing cretin, I recently learned that using a fork will drastically improve the texture of your toasted muffin.


Here’s why: Fork-split muffins retain the peaks and valleys—nooks and crannies, in common parlance—that make the bread so satisfying. Slicing through the muffin with a knife flattens the beautiful carbohydrate geology into a flatter, less awesome plane.

The source

Apparently, Thomas’ brand has been trying to spread the word about this for years, demonstrating how to rotate the muffin in one hand while fork-stabbing into its center with the other. I’ve just been living in a cave, ignorant to proper muffin technique. No more.

Bonus hack

After toasting, I like to slap a pad of butter on top of one muffin half, then “close” the other muffin side on top of it. Heat radiating from the top and bottom, the butter melts faster than if you’d buttered the halves separately.



Ok... so... bubble children? Or much younger than I’m thinking? Mainly chopstick or spoon users? Bread-averse? Opposed to non-symmetrical food items? A distain for toasted things? Unaware of the telltale smoothness of knife cut bread? Never viewed a picture of a halved english muffin? Writing a food blog without having seen every episode of Good Eats?

I guess what I’m getting at is... how the hell was this not known?!?!?!?!?!