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Old 10-27-2012, 08:25 AM   #11
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Fry them twice or bake Ore-Ida frozen French fries.

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Old 10-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #12
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When my first husband worked in the Deli restaurant, down in the basement they had a prep worker. If my husband wasn't doing the work on the prep worker's day off, he was upstairs in the kitchen. I remember him preparing the corned beef and blanching the FF in the fryer. Once they were cooled, they were placed in a large white heavy grocery weight bag in 25#. They were then tossed into the freezer. As crazy as I thought it was at the beginniing, they used to weigh the potatoes for the freezer. It helped the deli keep track of their expenses and supplies. After all, what difference did it make? They were all for the deli. That is when I discovered what cost control and employee theft meant. The deli also had a signout sheet. When you removed a food from the freezer, you marked the time and initialed it. Each food had its own sheet. They knew that on a Friday night, they would sell more FF than on a Monday. Each day a new sheet would go up. Only high volume foods were tracked this way.

The stairs from the basement led right up to the back door. My Aha moment. Employee theft! And yes, the sheets were checked daily. As some employees found out. Sign out one, take two. Toss out second item to waiting friend. No, my husband was not one of them.

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Old 10-27-2012, 11:28 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by pacanis View Post

And I have also made them by adding the raw fries to COLD oil and then bringing the oil up to temp and frying them. I don't recall where I read that method, but it works. They are very crispy on the outside and done just right inside.
I had to look that up. And apparently it works and the fries absorb less oil when cooked this way.

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Old 10-27-2012, 11:46 AM   #14
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Bake or roast them. Drizzle/toss w/ oil or Italian dressing, sprinkle w/ Italian seasoning, grated parm cheese & minced garlic. Sweet potato fries is another option.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:18 PM   #15
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I too have heard to place them in the freezer after cooking the first time
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Dawgluver View Post
Whiska, excellent advice.

As I recall, McDonald's also fries them twice, they're the standard as far as I know. Barefoot Contessa and Pioneer Woman also have recipes frying twice.
I fry mine twice. I also dust with corn starch and seasoning before frying. Crispy fries every time.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:55 PM   #17
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I fry them twice. I have sometimes, skipped the first fry and given them a quick ride on the microwave carousel instead but then they have to be watched super closely to prevent being over cooked.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:13 AM   #18
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You can even cook them three times. First is a boil in water, then a first fry and then a second one. There is a great video here:

It is quite labor-intensive, but it's worth it I think.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:55 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by justplainbill View Post
Fry them twice or bake Ore-Ida frozen French fries.

i know i've mentioned this before, but it deserves repeating: apply a coating of duck fat to your pan of ore-ida fries before baking. wow! i haven't deep-fried potatoes in ages!
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:18 PM   #20
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I have read that McDonalds and some others dip the fries in sugar water at some oint prior to the last frying. I have never realized the desired result at home.


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