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How to Make Fast Food French Fries

Golden, salty, crunchy sticks of awesomeness are only a few steps away from your couch. Fry up some amazing french fries and skip the trip to the drive-thru.


  • Step 1: Put potatoes in saucepan Put the potatoes into a pot and cover with water. Add iodized salt to the pan and bring to a boil. Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes until they are tender, but not mushy or falling apart. Drain the potatoes.
  • Step 2: Place potatoes on baking sheet Place the drained potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined in paper towels to dry for 5 minutes.
  • TIP: Make sure you are using a food thermometer, as a regular thermometer will break if put into hot oil.
  • Step 3: Add fries Add one-third of the french fries to the oil and cook for 50 seconds. Remove the fries from the oil with a wire ladle and place them on the rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels.
  • TIP: Allow the oil to heat up to 400 degrees again before beginning a new batch of potatoes.
  • Step 4: Cook remaining potatoes Cook the remaining potatoes in 2 separate batches, and drain.
  • TIP: Reserve the oil in a coffee can.
  • Step 5: Freeze potatoes Freeze the potatoes overnight on the baking sheets.
  • Step 6: Reheat oil and fry potatoes Reheat the reserved oil to 400 degrees and fry half of the potatoes until they are golden brown. Adjust the heat to remain around 360 degrees after adding the potatoes.
  • Step 7: Drain and season Place fries in a bowl lined with paper towels and season with kosher salt. Fry the second batch, season, and serve with your favorite condiment.
  • FACT: The very first McDonald's, opened in 1940, was actually a drive-in barbecue joint. It wasn't until 1948 that the owners changed over from barbecue to burgers.

You Will Need

  • 2 lb. russet potatoes
  • 2 qt. water
  • 2 tbsp. iodized salt
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 qt. peanut oil
  • Rimmed baking sheets lined with paper towels
  • Dutch oven or wok
  • Food thermometer
  • Wire mesh ladle
  • Coffee can

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