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#11 Tue 08 May 07 5:16am

GeoffP

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Here is some information you need, from an article entitled "Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good"

http://www.rense.com/general7/whyy.htm

Here is McDonald's official ingredient list:

French Fries:
Potatoes, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor (wheat and milk derivatives)*, citric acid (preservative), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent)), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil ((may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated corn oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent). *CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK (Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.)

From:-

http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller … index.html

You can join the McDonald fries Fanlist here:-

http://whoa-cool.net/fries/

McDonads French Fries have been subject to much controversy:-

http://www.cdfe.org/mcd_settlement.htm

McDonalds French Fries can be scary:-

http://english.pravda.ru/society/family … cDonalds-0

You really ought to read this article - "The trouble with fries" :-

http://www.gladwell.com/2001/2001_03_05_a_fries.htm

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#12 Tue 08 May 07 5:58am

Blade Hunter

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Hi Omni, I am going to take a guess here but try blanching them first, give them a quick 20 - 30 seconds in boiling water then dry them off then fry them. This way they would already be on their way to cooked so would spend less time in the oil and thus have less chance of crisping up.

This is purely guess work here though, I have never tried this (Actually now that I mention it I have never deep fried anything in my life)

Cheers

Dan

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#13 Tue 08 May 07 6:01pm

mummza

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Omni ,the reason that I sugested soaking the fries after they were cut was to remove some of the starch and keep them softer, it has never been in my experience that they then cook crisper.

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#14 Tue 08 May 07 6:07pm

Sabs

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

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#15 Wed 09 May 07 10:45pm

Omni

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Thank you, Dan, for offering a useful suggestion;  cross your fingers that it moves us in the right direction.   thumbsup

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#16 Thu 10 May 07 12:07am

SusanneH

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Good luck!  thumbsup

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#17 Thu 10 May 07 1:23am

Blade Hunter

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Omni wrote:

Thank you, Dan, for offering a useful suggestion;  cross your fingers that it moves us in the right direction.   thumbsup

No problems Omni, post back with the results, I am curious now as to weather it works or not smile.

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#18 Thu 10 May 07 6:09am

hybridarts

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Thought you might find this method interesting.  I haven't tried it but when the show aired it did appear to produce: The Perfect Potato Chip

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/cookandchef/txt/s1657536.htm

ADAP

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#19 Thu 10 May 07 6:26am

holycow77

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

You can buy bags of cheapo mcdonalds style fries at the supermarket... Ove this side of the world they're called 'shoe-string chips' or something like that.

Because they are so thin, you'd only need to chuck them in the oil/lard for 30 seconds and they'd be done... I'm sure if you got the timing right you could them just the right shade of non-crispyness.

I love cooking...and I love Maccas... they have perfected the art of getting a bunch of bland ingredients and adding a sauce with just the perfect flavours to bring them all to life - and make us fat. smile

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#20 Thu 10 May 07 9:26am

Omni

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Re: How do you make McDonald's-type fries?

Thank you, Hybridarts, that recipe shows a lower temperature by far than I've seen elsewhere for the 2-step method, and that might be where we need to start testing next time.   thumbsup

Holycow77, we used up an entire huge bag of frozen fries trying to get the timing right!!  lol  I've seen nearly a 200 degree F range of temperatures in which fries can be cooked, and there's no way to tell how cooked they are without taking them out...  only a handful of fries from that big bag were edible.   shocked

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