Former McDonald's Employee Shares Trick To Stop Fries Going Soggy
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McDonald's fries are God-tier potato, there's no question about it. Golden, crispy, salty... they've got it all.
If we were to have one niggle, however, it's that they can tend to go a bit soggy if you have a brief break from them to concentrate on your Big Mac - as you realise when you turn back to them to find they've gone slightly cold and flabby.
Thankfully, a former McDonald's employee thinks he has the answer, having shared a very simple trick to help stop your fries from going soggy once you've picked them up from the Drive-Thru.
Bruno Bouchet, a Sydney radio producer who worked at a McDonald's in Brisbane for three years when he was a teenager, reckons it's all down to the paper bag they come in.
Speaking to KIIS FM's Kyle and Jackie O, Bouchet explained: "When you're at the drive-thru, you get given your chips, and they end up getting soggy.
"So, I'm going to tell you... the error everyone makes is closing the top of the bag that contains the chips.
"Because you'd think if you make it nice and airtight, the heat will keep the chips warm.
"Wrong. What it actually does is, it steams the potatoes, so you're left with sloppy chips. So, you're actually steaming them when you close the bag."
That's right, while your instincts tell you to seal up the bag to stop any heat escaping, Bouchet says this actually ends up steaming the fries - a no-go if you want to keep them nice and crispy.
But it's not as easy as keeping your mitts off the bag, as Bouchet believes you can optimise the placement of everything inside, too.
He continued: "So, the hack is simple: you need the heat to escape, so first things first - bag open.
"Secondly, you know how the chips are placed upwards in the bag?
"Put the chips horizontally because that would slow the rate of the heat escaping.
"It would go out one side rather than straight from the top.
"Finally, stack the bags so they're horizontally at the bottom - and you put the burgers on top of the chips to keep them warm.
"Let me recap, chips at the bottom, tip them horizontally, burgers on top, let the bag breathe.
"You'll never have soggy chips ever again in your life, I guarantee it."
Worth a try.