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McDonald fries secret ingredients?

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McDonald fries secret ingredients?

what is the secret ingredients in the fries? The fries taste much better any competitors.
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they used to use cow fat to fry them in

I think they changed it though
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Here’s the full list of US ingredients. Items two to nine are a blend of oils and ingredients used in the initial partial frying while 13 to 19 are used for frying once you’ve placed your order.

Potatoes
Canola oil
Soybean oil
Hydrogenated soybean oil
Natural beef flavour
Hydrolyzed wheat
Hydrolyzed milk
Citric acid (an anti-oxidant to keep the oil fresh)
Dimethylpolysiloxane (an anti-foaming agent that keeps oil from splattering)
Dextrose (natural form of sugar that helps give the fries their golden colour)
Sodium acid pyrophosphate (keeps the potatoes from going gray)
Salt
Canola oil
Corn oil
Soybean oil
Hydrogenated soybean oil
TBHQ (an anti-oxidant to preserve the freshness of the oil as it travels to the restaurant)
Citric acid
Dimethylpolysiloxane

The Canadian variation doesn’t stray too far, but there are some differences. It uses safflower oil, but does not include natural beef flavour, hydrolyzed wheat or hydrolyzed milk in its Canuck formulation.
http://globalnews.ca/news/1789231/here- ... nch-fries/
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toronto19850 wrote:
May 16th, 2017 3:49 pm
they used to use cow fat to fry them in

I think they changed it though
True, but has very little to do with the taste of the fries.
picard12 wrote:
May 16th, 2017 3:16 pm
what is the secret ingredients in the fries? The fries taste much better any competitors.
There is no secret "ingredient" - it's all in the process.

The secret is in blanching times and temperatures, followed by flash freezing. Most other fry manufacturers actually follow a similar blanch-freeze-fry process, but McDonald's has taken it to the next level to ensure consistency.
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superfresh89 wrote:
May 16th, 2017 3:58 pm
True, but has very little to do with the taste of the fries.
What? Animal fats have A LOT to do with the taste of things.
There's a reason I fry in lard.
It's the same reason I always have duck fat on hand.
Hell I just found a source for tallow as well but I haven't had a chance to use it yet.

That said, they no longer fry in animal fats. They use a blend of oils.
The flavor comes from "natural flavor" which is apparently vegetable based.
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death_hawk wrote:
May 16th, 2017 5:44 pm
What? Animal fats have A LOT to do with the taste of things.
There's a reason I fry in lard.
It's the same reason I always have duck fat on hand.
Hell I just found a source for tallow as well but I haven't had a chance to use it yet.

That said, they no longer fry in animal fats. They use a blend of oils.
The flavor comes from "natural flavor" which is apparently vegetable based.
Yes, while that's true, the distinctive texture of the fry itself is due to the manufacturing process.

I just meant that animal fat is not the 'secret ingredient' in McDonald's fries since they haven't used that in 30 years.
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mc's fries were awesome when they were fried in beef tallow. texture is roughly the same but the taste was infinitely better when they used beef tallow.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.
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I prefer just to buy them live.
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For the record, I have never been to McDonald's. However, I have heard that sugar is used in the french fries - as noted by JustMe2016.
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Poulet wrote:
May 18th, 2017 8:33 am
I prefer just to buy them live.
do you kill the potatoes yourself?
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.
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Apr 27, 2015
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Oh that's a lot of ingredients! I only put salt, pepper and cumin in my home made fries and bake them instead of frying.
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I think the fries have beef flavour.
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Beef lard ? I don't eat anything beef related, would have been nice to know this information 10 years ago.
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picard12 wrote:
May 16th, 2017 3:16 pm
The fries taste much better any competitors.
...seriously? even Wendy's fries are a lot better.
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I ate wendys fries. It doesn't have the flavour of McDonalds fries

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