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Spend any amount of time on the internet and you'll find all kinds of new things to brighten up your day. Case in point: You'd be surprised how many ways there are to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.


Reddit user, u/hoesligno, wanted to hear about:

What's the best way to make a grilled cheese sandwich?

Keep It Crispy

Sprinkle salt and crushed dried rosemary on the buttered side before grilling it, and go for a combo of cheeses but make sure one of them is Swiss.

Also, let it rest on a wire cooling rack for a moment after grilling if you want both sides to be crispy... putting it directly on a plate makes is slightly soggy on one side.

queer_no_evil

Don't Rush To The Butter

I did some systematic tests a while back and the best I came up with was a 50-50 mix of very sharp cheddar and aged swiss. Sandwich the swiss between the cheddar because it melts faster and cook over very low heat. Wait until late in the game to butter the bread, which will prevent burning. Type of bread is more a matter of taste. I prefer a mild wheat, I know a lot of people prefer sourdough.

electriccroxford

Or, You Know, Just Use All The Butter

More butter. However much you're using, a little bit more would be better.

The_First_Viking

Keep In Mind Next Time You Have Bacon

I drop some bacon grease in the pan and cook it in that sh-t. It's amazing.

TheInfidel925

Bacon grease is amazing to cook with. Adds alot to a dish.

acleanlife

Sometimes, You Need To Flavor Outside The Box

Use mayonnaise instead of butter. It'll grill better, and give it that perfect golden brown color, with just the right crunch effect. High quality cheese helps too.

floridas_lostboy

Use mayonnaise instead of butter

Correction.

Mayonnaise on the bread, butter on the pan.

realme857

Check Your Hardware

Choice of cheese is important. American cheese has a certain make up that allows it to melt at an extremely gooey rate. Pair this with harder to melt cheeses, like Gouda, cheddar, or pepper jack. Thick bread is great. I prefer sourdough.

Using a cast iron and using mayo or butter, I prefer butter, spread it on the outside of each piece of bread. Low and slow cooking is the way to go. Once bread is toasted cover the pan with a lid to help finishing melting the cheese. And bam. A perfect grilled cheese.

papyrus33

Keep The Add-Ons Simple

I melt some butter in the pan, add pepper, minced garlic, and garlic salt. Then toss the unbuttered sandwich into it, moving it around so it catches the garlic and keeps the butter from drying to the pan. Then I flip it over and repeat for 2 or 3 minutes, or until the butter has all been absorbed into the bread.

I've used provolone lately, but any kind of cheese works. It's a garlic toast grilled cheese. It's unreal.

PK_Thundah

Mom! MOM!

Have someone else do it for you?

teryret

No Grilled Cheese Like Grandma's Grilled Cheese

Call ahead to grandma and mention that a grilled cheese sandwich sounds good. By the time I get there, she's made 2 grilled cheese sandwiches and some homemade vegetable soup. All that's left after that is to nap on the couch to Wheel of Fortune.

Sylvayse

Ready For The Mouth Ride Of Your Life?

Get Pullman bread. It's amazing toasted and offers a nice crunch while keeping the inside nice and soft. Don't have it? Try sour dough. Lots of people claim ciabatta is where it's at. Maybe if you're making some rag-tag turkey BS. But not for a sandwich as great as the ol GC.

Next get a pan WITH A LID. Helps melt your cheese turning it into beautiful stretchy yum yum strings of glory.

But first, get some butter. F-ck mayo. What are you poor? I'd recommend some Irish butter or something from a cow that's lived a life of luxury.

Turn your stove onto LOW and smother one half of your bread in the butter goodness.

Then place the cheese. But first look at your bread. It is a blank canvas and you are Picasso. Play my child. The only rule is that there are no rules. Except you have to use more than one type of cheese...

...My recommendation is a sharp cheddar with something mild like Swiss or Munster.

Once you've placed your cheese PUT ON EVEN MORE YOU COWARD! The cheese isn't a compliment, it's the main event. Don't. Hold. Back.

Now you can place the other piece of bread on, or you can slightly mix it up. I recommend a little Dijon mustard to give it a sort of je ne sais quoi.

Place the lid on and cook it slow. Treat it like an older woman who needs to feel that spark of passion again. Sure she's your already married greek philosophy professor, but you can't hold back. You won't hold back. Besides, maybe it feels so good because you know it's oh so bad.

Flip your sandwich once it's golden brown. Make sure there's plenty of butter in your pan, and repeat.

Voila. You've just given your mouth the ride of its life.

ArmoredHippo

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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