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Old 01-13-2012, 07:38 PM   #41
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I have good luck with the patties. I use the toaster oven rather than heat up my oven. It comes to temperature in a matter of seconds and gives a nice crispy browned crust.

I also have used loose shredded (frozen) hash brown potatoes:

I just have some cooking spray on the pan, press them into the pan, and when the bottom is about done, put under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the top. It holds together and I usually cut into quarters to serve.
I can make a breakfast jack sandwich and it takes me about 6 minutes.
I know this is a cop out, but I'm gonna try and quick fry Ore-Ida pre-cooked patties. I tried Toaster Patties, they're not so good.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:49 PM   #42
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For too many years I was a cook for Denny's, Azar's, Bennigans, Days Inn,
and a few other "greasy spoon" type restaurants. In every restaurant that
I worked in, we cooked the meat and Hash Browns on a 350 griddle.
At "Denny's" we use the dehydrated Hash Browns; we would put a handful of
them on the griddle, pat them down till they were about 1" thick then pour
a little oil on them. We didn't even turn them over...until we placed them
on the plate, that way they were crispy on the top, and light and fluffy on
the bottom.

I think you will get the best results from using the dehydrated Hash Browns.
I have seen them at King Soopers (Kroger), also both Costco & Sam's Club
sell them.

Personally I never use Canola Oil for anything because of the potential
health risks it represents. I think you will get the best results by using
Butter, or there is a brand of cooking oil that was use in some of the
restaurants I worked at. It is called "Whirl". Below is a link to their
website....I think Costco may sell it too.

Stratas Foods | Whirl

Costco Business Delivery - Whirl Butter Flavor Liquid 1 gal
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:53 PM   #43
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When my parents owned the restaurant, I peeled a LOT of potatoes. The ones for hash browns were left in water overnight, drained, and then grated, and then drained again/squeezed again. The patties were made, frozen, and then popped on a hot grill (the flat grill), bacon press on top. I still make hash browns this way. I have no problem re: having them brown--but DO NOT be tempted to flip them too soon.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:41 PM   #44
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For too many years I was a cook for Denny's, Azar's, Bennigans, Days Inn,
and a few other "greasy spoon" type restaurants. In every restaurant that
I worked in, we cooked the meat and Hash Browns on a 350 griddle.
At "Denny's" we use the dehydrated Hash Browns; we would put a handful of
them on the griddle, pat them down till they were about 1" thick then pour
a little oil on them. We didn't even turn them over...until we placed them
on the plate, that way they were crispy on the top, and light and fluffy on
the bottom.

I think you will get the best results from using the dehydrated Hash Browns.
I have seen them at King Soopers (Kroger), also both Costco & Sam's Club
sell them.

Personally I never use Canola Oil for anything because of the potential
health risks it represents. I think you will get the best results by using
Butter, or there is a brand of cooking oil that was use in some of the
restaurants I worked at. It is called "Whirl". Below is a link to their
website....I think Costco may sell it too.

Stratas Foods | Whirl

Costco Business Delivery - Whirl Butter Flavor Liquid 1 gal
I worked in a bakery where we tossed bread cubes with Whirl, and seasonings to make croutons, it was so delicious, it was probably horribly unhealthy, lol!
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #45
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For too many years I was a cook for Denny's, Azar's, Bennigans, Days Inn,
and a few other "greasy spoon" type restaurants. In every restaurant that
I worked in, we cooked the meat and Hash Browns on a 350 griddle.
At "Denny's" we use the dehydrated Hash Browns; we would put a handful of
them on the griddle, pat them down till they were about 1" thick then pour
a little oil on them. We didn't even turn them over...until we placed them
on the plate, that way they were crispy on the top, and light and fluffy on
the bottom.

I think you will get the best results from using the dehydrated Hash Browns.
I have seen them at King Soopers (Kroger), also both Costco & Sam's Club
sell them.

Personally I never use Canola Oil for anything because of the potential
health risks it represents. I think you will get the best results by using
Butter, or there is a brand of cooking oil that was use in some of the
restaurants I worked at. It is called "Whirl". Below is a link to their
website....I think Costco may sell it too.

Stratas Foods | Whirl

Costco Business Delivery - Whirl Butter Flavor Liquid 1 gal
Thank you. At last!!! A definitive answer.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:06 AM   #46
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For too many years I was a cook for Denny's, Azar's, Bennigans, Days Inn,
and a few other "greasy spoon" type restaurants. In every restaurant that
I worked in, we cooked the meat and Hash Browns on a 350 griddle.
At "Denny's" we use the dehydrated Hash Browns; we would put a handful of
them on the griddle, pat them down till they were about 1" thick then pour
a little oil on them. We didn't even turn them over...until we placed them
on the plate, that way they were crispy on the top, and light and fluffy on
the bottom.

I think you will get the best results from using the dehydrated Hash Browns.
I have seen them at King Soopers (Kroger), also both Costco & Sam's Club
sell them.

Personally I never use Canola Oil for anything because of the potential
health risks it represents. I think you will get the best results by using
Butter, or there is a brand of cooking oil that was use in some of the
restaurants I worked at. It is called "Whirl". Below is a link to their
website....I think Costco may sell it too.

Stratas Foods | Whirl

Costco Business Delivery - Whirl Butter Flavor Liquid 1 gal
Frozen Ore-Ida hash browns in a bag isn't what to buy? Never seen diner hash browns weighted down.
Probably not a bad idea for home cooked hash browns.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:08 AM   #47
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Personally I never use Canola Oil for anything because of the potential health risks it represents. I think you will get the best results by using Butter, or there is a brand of cooking oil that was use in some of the restaurants I worked at. It is called "Whirl".
I always cringe when I see someone write about the "potential health risks" of Canola Oil. You may want to look into this a little more. Here's an article of interest at snopes.com (an urban legend website) that debunks a lot of nonsense that has been going around the internet. As far as vegetable oils go, Canola is actually pretty healthy and people have been using it for centuries. It has a lower percentage of saturated fat than any other oil, and a much better omega 3 to 6 ratio than even olive oil. It's just not suitable for high temperature frying.

When it comes to potential health risks, I would be far more worried about using a product like Whirl, which is made from high oleic sunflower and also contains artificial butter flavor. Sunflower oil (even the high oleic variety) is a known inflammatory agent, meaning that consuming too much of it may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

One point I will agree with you on is that butter will probably give the best results for golden hash browns.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:18 AM   #48
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I decided to make some HBs for lunch. I grated a russet potato and wrung it dry by twisting it in a towel (as seen on TV). I pre-heated a non-stick skillet and added a pat of butter. Then the potatoes went in with some salt and pepper over medium heat. Topped that with my ridged bacon press. The ridges applied uneven pressure, causing the potato to brown unevenly but you can see they are brown and I can attest they were crispy. The sausages were good too.
Hahahaha!

I made them for lunch yesterday too!!!! This thread started my jonesing for them.

I used the frozen kind, smart balance and a cast iron skillet. Added onion. They were delicious !
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Hahahaha!

I made them for lunch yesterday too!!!! This thread started my jonesing for them.

I used the frozen kind, smart balance and a cast iron skillet. Added onion. They were delicious !

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I always cringe when I see someone write about the "potential health risks" of Canola Oil. You may want to look into this a little more. Here's an article of interest at snopes.com (an urban legend website) that debunks a lot of nonsense that has been going around the internet. As far as vegetable oils go, Canola is actually pretty healthy and people have been using it for centuries. It has a lower percentage of saturated fat than any other oil, and a much better omega 3 to 6 ratio than even olive oil. It's just not suitable for high temperature frying.

When it comes to potential health risks, I would be far more worried about using a product like Whirl, which is made from high oleic sunflower and also contains artificial butter flavor. Sunflower oil (even the high oleic variety) is a known inflammatory agent, meaning that consuming too much of it may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

One point I will agree with you on is that butter will probably give the best results for golden hash browns.
People have NOT been using Canola Oil for centuries.....Canola Oil
did not exist until 1968.

I should have been more specific....I don't buy into the "Scary Stories"
people post on the Internet about Canola Oil, or any other product.
What I was referring to is that Canola Oil was originally too acidic, and
therefore too dangerous to be used for Human consumption. Eventually
scientists were able to breed the "Rapeseed" plant into the "Canola" plant
and finally reduce the level of Acidity to what was considered "safe" for
humans.....(maybe it is safe, maybe it isn't...there are other oils to choose
from that are safe; so why take any risk with the Canola Oil?)

In addition Monsanto has genetically modified the seed for the "Canola
Plant" and holds a patent for it. PERSONALLY.....I am not yet convinced
that Genetically modified foods are safe for humans to eat. This is the
primary reason why I do not use Canola Oil. The majority of the crop
that is grown uses the genetically modified seed owned by Monsanto.

There are also concerns about the "possible" harm that genetically modified
crops may do to the environment.
If you want to use Canola Oil....that's OK. Everybody has the right to use,
or not use it.
You can do a search for.....Monsanto canola oil...and also for...genetically
modified foods....as there are other genetically modified foods out there
as well.

As far as the product "Whirl" is concerned....it was made for, and is used
by Restaurants and the food service industry. I think it is pretty much
safe to assume that any product that is made for the food service
industry was not made to be a "health" type of product. Most likely it was
intended to be cost effective, and taste good.
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