By Zora Hughes

Whether served as dinner rolls or with hot dogs and burgers, buns are almost always better when they're warm and soft. Using simple insulation techniques and warming tools ensure bread buns stay nice and warm throughout the meal.

How to Keep Buns Warm
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How to Keep Buns Warm

Lining Bread Baskets

Step 1

Line a bread basket with a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Step 2

Cover the aluminum foil with a large cloth napkin long enough to hang over the sides of the basket.

Step 3

Add the warm bread buns to the basket.

Step 4

Bring the hanging ends of the napkins up and over the bread and tie loosely. Keep closed until ready to serve.

Terra-Cotta Bread Warmer

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Place the terra-cotta bread warmer in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Line a bread basket with a cloth napkin.

Step 4

Place the hot terra-cotta warmer in the bottom of the lined bread basket.

Step 5

Add the buns to the basket, and cover loosely by tying the ends of the napkin together over the buns until ready to serve.

Slow Cooker

Step 1

Turn the slow cooker on to the warm setting.

Step 2

Wrap the buns in aluminum foil and place inside of the slow cooker.

Step 3

Keep the buns in the slow cooker until ready to serve.

Step 4

To serve, transfer the buns to a lined bread basket, or place the slow cooker insert directly on a trivet on the table.