CopyCat McDonalds(®) Fries

By Shreya13jain - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40895219

We are all familiar with the crispy sticks of loveliness that are “yellow m” 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 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.

Ingredients 

  • 6 Russet potatoes 
  • Sea Salt 
  • Oil for Frying 

Instructions 

  1. 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. 
  2. Soak the fries in a pan of cold water to remove the starch. Change the water after one hour 
  3. Dry thoroughly. 
  4. Heat one inch of oil in a large cooking pot to 290 degrees. 
  5. Blanch the fries for two minutes 
  6. Remove from the oil, dry on paper towels and place immediately in fridge. 
  7. Just before serving, reheat the oil to 370 degrees and cook the fries until crisp and golden. 
  8. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately. 

Fun Facts: 

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, spray dextrose onto their fries.    

Most of the potatoes used by McDonalds in the UK are grown in England, with a small proportion of them being imported from Europe.   ® use a mixture of potatoes to get their characteristic taste including Pentland Dell, Shepody and Russet Burbank 

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