Making McDonald's French Fries

McDonald's French Fries

Made with Idaho russet potatoes, canola oil, and salt.

So I made these from a “How to Make Perfect McDonald’s-Style French Fries at Home” recipe.  Let me just say—I don’t think so.

Don’t get me wrong, the fries were good and all.  I mean, any fries you can make at home are always good—but McDonald’s fries?  Come on, now.  Either that or I just really didn’t follow the instructions properly, but I’m sure I did.

Recipe for—McDonald’s-Style French Fries (David Myers)
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.  Heat about an inch of oil (or enough to cover potatoes) in a large, heavy bottomed pot to 290 degrees.  Blanch potatoes gently for about 2 minutes until cooked through but still completely pale.  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 3-4 minutes. If necessary, agitate gently with a spatula to prevent sticking. Remove from pan and toss with salt to taste.  Serve immediately.  Serves 4-6.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, see how close you can come to making actual McDonald’s French fries and let’s see how they turn out.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Never give up hope getting your fries to taste like McDonald’s fries.

17 thoughts on “Making McDonald's French Fries

  1. Haha. McDonald’s probably adds another ingredient in there that we don’t know of…or some weird seasoning! As unhealthy as they are, I still love McDonald’s fries.

  2. I would be starving before I finished the recipe. I have never had McDonald’s fries so don’t know what I am missing. We just enjoy a mess of fried potatoes and onions and go lite on the fry part.

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