Originally posted by emsmom
My husband had a part time job at McDonalds while he was in college.
35 years ago! Back then they used raw potatoes-with a little bit of the skin left on the potatoes. Gone are those days-now I am sure they use frozen potatoes.
I too worked at McDonalds in that time frame.
And your hubby is right--here's how McDonald's made french fries when they meant something:
You started by hauling a fifty pound sack of Russet potatoes from the basement. You put a bunch in a round container whose insides were coated with a rough material. The bottom of this cylinder was a turntable. You closed the lid on this thing and turned it on and it would spin the potatoes around, with the rough surface tearing most, but not all of the skin off. Then you'd open a chute and out they would tumble into a stationary tub.
Then you stabbed them with a big fork thing and sliced them lenghtwise in a slicer--the fries were really long back then. Then you filled the tub up with water and washed them by hand. You then drained the tub and repeated that six times (yes--we really washed them six times!) Why wash them? And why six times you ask? To remove the starch, which if you didn't would make hem all stick together when you tried to fry them. After the first wash or two there would be a layer of starch half an inch thick on the bottom of the tub that you'd have to rinse away.
Ok, then they were ready to fry, which you'd do using that wonderful beef tallow.
But, since it took so long to make them as per above, and you wanted a supply ready to fry during the rush hours, so more often than not the french fry guy would blanch a bunch in boiling water so they wouldn't turn brown. This way, you could build up a supply for the rush times.
Now that made for real french fries. I'm telling you kids today, you don't know what a decent french fry is. These were real fries and tasted great!
Believe me, they were worth all that trouble.
What McDonald's passes off for french fries today is a pathetic excuse--a betrayal of the proud old McDonald's french frying tradition. I swear if McDonald's brought back the original way they made french fries, they would rule the world!