Sunday, June 01, 2008

McDonald's French Fries

2 large Idaho russet potatoes
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1½-2 cups hot water
6 cups Crisco® shortening
1/4 cup beef lard (or save the fat from previously cooked burgers)
Tools needed: Deep fryer and French Fry Cutter (if you dont have this you need a LOT of patience for cutting potatoes or just forget about cutting potatoes and buy a packet of prepared French fries at your nearest market.

Peel the potatoes. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and hot water. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Using a french fry slicer, cut the peeled potatoes into shoestrings. The potatoes should be 1/4" x 1/4" in thickness, and about 4" to 6" long. (You can do this with a knife, but it is a lot of work)

Place the shoestringed potatoes into the bowl of sugar-water, and refrigerate. Let them soak about 30 minutes. While they're soaking, pack the shortening into the deep fryer. Crank up the temperature to "full". The shortening has to pre-heat for a very long time. It will eventually liquify. After it has liquified and is at least 375°, drain the potatoes and dump them into the fryer. (be careful, it will be ferocious)

After 1 to 1½ minutes, remove the potatoes and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Let them cool 8 to 10 minutes in the refrigerator. While they're cooling, add the lard or beef drippings to the hot Crisco®. Again, crank the temperature to full. Stir in the lard as it melts into the oil. It will blend in.

After the deep fryer is reheated to 375°-400°, add the potatoes and deep fry again. This time for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Remove and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt, then "toss" the fries to mix the salt evenly. ( I suggest about 1 teaspoon of
salt, maybe slightly more)

Serve hot, serve immediately, and enjoy! Depending upon the size of the potatoes, this recipe make about 2 medium sized fries.


  1. your blog is ammaaazzing. keep it up =]].

  2. I cant find beef lard, can I sub something

  3. Thanks for this! So that's why McDonald's fries are delicious?! And dangerous to your health! haha... well if you what something healthy try my delicious cauliflower fries!


  4. Do you know why French fries are called French fries ? Here is the answer :

    Thanks for the recipe by the way :)

  5. These are meant to be eaten in moderation an occasional treat.Not a everyday menu item.

  6. Gud 1 nice recipe..

  7. what if i dont have the corn syrup? what else can i use for that?

  8. Oh Please...
    Anyone who has worked at McD's
    is laughing at this recipe.
    Beef Lard, give me a break.
    The fries are pre-cooked at the factory then shipped to store.
    Cooked in vegetable oil.

  9. your blog is awsum..
    when i made these french fries, my family loves it...
    thank you soo much for the receipe..