The statistician Dr. Nottingham Trent University’s James Hind led a team that developed a formula for frozen food chain Iceland based on polling 2,000 Brits on how they made a chip butty
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Tinkerers have come up with a formula for perfection chip buttery after research revealed Brits weren’t putting enough fries in their sarnies.
According to scientists, the ultimate butty must have 12 freshly cooked, chunky, straight-cut chips sandwiched between two medium-sized slices of buttered white bread with a dollop of ketchup.
One study found that butty fans used seven or eight chips, which were said to be insufficient for the amount of bread and also not enough to melt the butter to soften the bread and contrast with the crispy chip filling.
The statistician Dr. Nottingham Trent University’s James Hind led a team that developed a formula for the frozen food chain Iceland based on polling 2,000 Brits on how they made a Chip Butty.
And the team found that 60g of fries in 40g of bread is the holy grail of the chip butt world.
dr Hind said: “What makes white bread preferable is that it’s usually the softest. This makes it a perfect contrast to the crispy chips. And sliced bread has a consistent thickness, resulting in a more even fries butt.
“The most important thing is that the weight of the fries is at least three-fourths the weight of the bread plus ketchup.”
According to the survey, most Britons already use medium-sliced white bread, but a quarter prefer thick-sliced bread and one in ten prefer a bap or brown bread.
And while half smear ketchup on their bums, nearly one in five uses mayonnaise or vinegar.
Scientists estimate that one in 10 people who use lean chips and one in three who put standard oven chips up their butt instead of fat chips miss the taste, texture and even the way the snack is held.
dr Hind said: “Too many fries and the butty will be uncomfortable to eat and each bite will look like it’s almost all fries, with the bread and butter going largely unnoticed.”
Three quarters of Brits agree that making the perfect chip butty is an exact science.
dr Hind said: “Every type of bread and every type of chip varies in subtle ways, so I want to encourage people to experiment at home and create their own perfect formula.
“One thing my formula ignores is salt. It’s a matter of personal taste and health, so it’s a great place for people to start their own experiments.”
An Icelandic spokesman added: “The chip butty is one of the greatest culinary inventions in British history.
“We felt it was our duty to make sure the British public knew how to best build their crispy potato sandwich.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/scientists-come-up-new-formula-26377999 Scientists are developing a new formula to help Brits make the perfect chip butty