We are all familiar with the crispy sticks of loveliness that are McDonalds® fries. Unfortunately, with a large portion setting you back £1.39, when you have a family of four a trip to the drive thru doesn’t come cheap. This McDonalds® style fries copy cat recipe tastes just like the real thing, but works out at less than £1 for the entire recipe – which comfortably serves 4-6 people.
McDonalds® Style Fries Copycat Recipe.
- 6 Russet potatoes
- Sea Salt
- Oil for Frying
- Peel the potatoes, square off the ends and cut them into batons exactly 3/8 of an inch thick. This is the optimum thickness for the perfect french fry.
- Soak the fries in a pan of cold water to remove the starch. Change the water after one hour
- Dry thoroughly.
- Heat one inch of oil in a large cooking pot to 290 degrees.
- Blanch the fries for two minutes
- Remove from the oil, dry on paper towels and place immediately in fridge.
- Just before serving, reheat the oil to 370 degrees and cook the fries until crisp and golden.
- Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.
How McDonalds® Make Their Fries
You may be interested to know that in the UK, McDonalds® fries contain nothing but Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Rapeseed) and at the beginning of the potato season Dextrose which gives the fries their golden brown colouring. In comparison, last year McDonalds® US revealed how their fries were made and it actually revealed that they used 14 different chemicals! That is definitely good news for us in the UK!
McDonalds® fries are prepared in a factory, fried, frozen and then shipped to individual restaurants where they are refried just before serving. This 3 step process is similar to the one in our recipe – blanching, frying and refrying.
Most of the potatoes used by McDonalds® in the UK are grown in England, with a small proportion of them being imported from Europe. McDonalds® use a mixture of potatoes to get their characteristic taste including Pentland Dell, Shepody and Russet Burbank . In the factory, the potatoes are peeled and cut and then blanched to remove the starch. Once blanched they go through a mechanical cutting machine.
At the beginning of the potato season, there are lower levels of the naturally occuring sugars in potatoes. These sugars help to give the fries their golden appearance and also help them to cook evenly. Therefore at certain times of the year, McDonalds spray dextrose onto their fries. They are then fried into the factory and frozen ready to be shipped to individual restaurants. They are then fried again just before serving in a restaurant. The fries are sprinkled with salt although you can request fries with no salt if you wish. And that is how those lovely munch McDonalds® fries are made! We think the McDonalds® style fries recipe tastes just as good though – try it and see what you think.