There’s What in my Fries?

Ok so we all know McDonald’s isn’t exactly well known for being healthy, but we are also all guilty for falling for its greasy paws now and then.

So I get my son from school and bang! I’m running out of gas so I have to stop at the next gas station ASAP. The gas station happens to be right next (literally attached) to a McDonald’s. My little veggie muncher says “Mami I’m hungry! Can I get some fries?” He is very clever to tell me this while I am in the middle of a fight with the gas pump card slot, so I agree.

I get him large fries because I know already that more than likely I will be tempted to have some too. And we munch away on my way back home.

Suddenly it hits me and I start to wonder how bad can these seemingly innocent potato fries be? If you do a quick online search you can find that McDonald’s fries are more than just potato, vegetable oil and salt.

French Fries:
Potatoes, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor (beef, wheat and dairy sources), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (to preserve natural color). Cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil). Contains derivatives of wheat and dairy.

Beef? Do they even let vegetarians know that? This is a first to me. And why would fries need beef “natural flavor” anyway?

A large portion of fries from McDonald’s are a whooping 500calories, and suddenly after eating half of the portion I feel like a need an extra 20min of cardio today. (Lol, ok maybe not but really? 500?)

I rarely eat at fast food restaurants and the more I understand nutrition and how the things we put into out body affects us the less I am tempted to go the fast food path. I recommend everyone to know precisely what it is that you are eating, Our Body Is our Temple! treat it like one. I for once know McDonald’s remains at the lowest level of the food chart for me, not even their salads are smoothies are appealing to say the least.


Oh and by the way, if you want to achieve lovely home-made french fries like the ones at fast food restaurants but al natural, all you need is to soak and blanch your potatoes. Blanch you say? I am not a fancy chef you say? OK.

First, cut your potatoes (with or without skin) and let them soak in cold water for about an hour. After an hour, drain and dry properly making sure you pat them down carefully to remove all the excess water from them. (you are going to fry this potatoes you want to avoid water).

Second, blanching your potatoes just means to fry more than one time. Heat your oil at approx. 350f and fry your first batch in very hot oil for about 2 min.   Take them out, put aside, drain any excess oil and let them cool down – they are still raw at this time so you need to  fry again. Once you have done this step, drop them in hot oil again and let them cook further until golden brown. You might need to bring the temp down for the second fry.

Season, and there you have it! crunchy on the outside, soft in the inside french fries. No horrible oils or “natural flavors” added.

Until next time!



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