Reverse Engineering McDonald’s French Fries


Scrutinizing McDonald’s French Fries

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of The Food Lab (over at Serious Eats) likes a challenge, so he decided to reverse engineer what is considered to be world’s most perfect fries: McDonald’s french fries.

Now, you may disagree that the words “McDonald’s” and “good” belong in the same sentence, let alone “perfect” – but there’s something in their french fries that makes Americans go nuts. I personally don’t get it – perhaps because I didn’t grow up eating McDonald’s fries, but my wife swears by ’em. And she’s not alone: over 2 million pounds of McDonald’s fries are consumed every single day. That makes Mickey D the largest potato buyer in the United States.

Back to Kenji’s quest. So how hard is it to reverse engineer McDonald’s french fries? Turns out, it was very, very hard, so Kenji decided to do the next logical thing: he’s going to steal McDonald’s recipe…

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