Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/26/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The trick is in the preparation, master chef says

Fast food magnate McDonald's may have an uneven quality when it comes to their many burgers, with some being better than others, but there's no arguing they make the best French fries around. Now - some master chefs have shared their secrets on how to make these delicious browned potatoes in the privacy of your own home! "Its preparation is a ritual to be followed religiously," Ray Kroc, one of the chain's founders writes.

The secret to making crispy, perfect McDonald's French fries lies in the preparation.

The secret to making crispy, perfect McDonald's French fries lies in the preparation.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/26/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: French fries, McDonald's, preparation, blanching


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "They are consistent," David Myers, chef/owner of Comme Ca in Los Angeles and Las Vegas says. "I can't imagine how many millions of dollars in research and development they have spent in order to achieve a perfect fry around the world."

Myers' restaurants serve classic French brasserie fare, cook hundreds of orders of "pommes frites" (French-fried potatoes) every week.

However - it must be noted that McDonald's French fries are shipped to outlets frozen. "We do all of ours fresh everyday," Myers says, who uses the same recipe at his restaurants and at home. Myers also uses the best Idaho russet potatoes, French sea salt, and super fresh cooking oil.

The secret in replicating McDonald's-style fry is in the advance preparation. The cut potatoes need to be soaked for at least two hours before cooking which pulls out excess starch and ensures the crispiest product.

He also recommends that, "you have plenty of paper towels, a lined sheet pan, and have your oil ready to go."

Better yet, you can cook your fries ahead of a dinner party and keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish in hot oil just before serving. This way you get the most delicious, sizzling, salty, golden-brown fries every time.

Recipe for Perfect French Fries

Ingredients:

6 Idaho russet potatoes
Peanut oil
Sea salt (Myers prefers Sel Gris, a fine light grey French salt)

Peel and square off potato ends. Cut into 3/8" batons. Soak for two hours changing water after an hour. Dry thoroughly with paper towels. You then heat about an inch of oil, enough to cover potatoes in a large, heavy bottomed pot to 290 degrees.

Blanch potatoes gently for about two minutes until cooked through, but while they are still white. Place on a paper-towel lined sheet pan and cool in the refrigerator to stop cooking process.

Re-heat oil to 370 degrees. Cook fries until golden and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes. If necessary, agitate gently with a spatula to prevent sticking. Remove from pan and toss with salt to taste (Myers doesn't blot but you can if you want less fat). Serve immediately. Recipe serves 4 to 6.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Home & Food

Taste challenge: Are these America's best burgers? Watch

Image of Zagat has released a survey of the best burgers in the United States.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Zagat has released a survey of the best burgers in the United States. Sure to inspire controversy and more than a little debate - all of it involving delicious seared beef patties and freshly cooked buns, the winners range from fast food winners In-N-Out ... continue reading


Add a note of sophistication to your home with mood lighting Watch

Image of Creating mood lighting can be inexpensive and fulfill the homeowner's creativity in making their surroundings more conducive to making a more romantic and intimate living space.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An environment with full, bright lighting is good for entertaining and workaday activities. However, in order to bring a feeling of relaxation that enhances surroundings, softer light sources - herein referred to as "mood lighting," can enhance any home. Creating ... continue reading


Enjoy a SNEAK PREVIEW of our 72-hour sale on popular medals and jewlery!

Image of How many discounted items can you find?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Starting Friday at midnight, Catholic Shopping .com will have a 72-hour sale that will give you 15 percent off all Bliss-manufactured items. These items include our most popular medals and crosses and other religious jewelry. However, readers and fans of Catholic ... continue reading


Bring family, friends together for a sizzling pizza night! Watch

Image of As for toppings - the sky is the limit. Hamburger, sausage, anchovies, even slices of steak are recommended for meat lovers.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The one food that everyone associates with fun is the Italian staple of pizza! The flat breaded concoction topped with vegetables, sauce and meat - to the customer's liking - is associated with sporting events, casual meetings and birthday parties. It's impossible to ... continue reading


Food scale is an essential tool in any diet plan Watch

Image of The best food scale, then, is within your budget; has numbers you can read easily; has a cup or bowl large enough to hold the food you need to weigh; and is easy to clean and store.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In any effort to lose weight, determining the calories per serving is an essential way to track food intake. A food scale can help any dieter find out how much of their favorite foods they can eat.  LOS ANGELES, ca (Catholic Online) - Experts agree that a ... continue reading


Move over quinoa! There's a new superfood in town Watch

Image of Fonio is a new super grain from Africa, rich in protein and amino acids, but is also low in sugar.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are several new kids on the block in the world of superfoods, and many may be coming to supermarkets in the near future. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Because grains such as quinoa and spelt have proved so popular in the world of health food, nutritionists ... continue reading


Three things that should be in every Catholic home - How many do you have?

Image of Many Catholic homes have a small altar or devotional corner.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

One of the most enjoyable features of a home is that you get to decorate it. It doesn't matter if your home is a room, or a tiny apartment, or a 100-room mansion. What matters is that it's your space and you choose what happens there, including how to decorate it. LOS ... continue reading


Tomato Pie, a Creamy Southern Treat

Image of Yummy tomato pie is sure to please the whole family.

By Veronica Gantley

When the first glorious vine ripened homegrown tomatoes appear in my garden, I get excited! I know that it is Tomato pie time, and soon I will be enjoying thick slices of this creamy Southern Treat. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - This recipe is best served when tomatoes are at ... continue reading


The superfoods you need for healthy living, and the six you don't! Watch

Image of Watercress was the winner in the study, scoring 100 in the study.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Dietary experts and researchers from William Paterson University in New Jersey conducted a new study which compares the nutrient density of different fruits and vegetables and published their surprising results in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease. LOS ... continue reading


Black Colonial Candle Lamp adds flair to any environment

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

This Black Colonial Candle Lamp is sure to compliment every dƩcor! Its sleek black matte finish makes it unobtrusive when placed with similar objects, or can become a real focal point to any room or porch when set aside by itself. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


All Home & Food News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 2:10-16
10 to us, though, God has given revelation through ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14
8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger, full ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:31-37
31 He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 2nd, 2014 Image

St. Ingrid of Sweden
September 2: Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St. Ingrid lived ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter