RE: Hand cut fries in bulk?
It's a tough decision.I've worked with both fresh and frozen.
First the fresh. Take into consideration 1) the labor it takes to cut, soak, pre-fry, store/freeze and PROPER refrying techniques. I mention the word PROPER because i have been keeping track of the times I have had fresh cut fries. Usually I get greasy,soggy,undercooked fries. Now because I have worked in the back of the house I can tell you with pretty good accuracy that 2) if your place gets slammed or you are in the weeds, those fries are gonna go out regardless how cooked they are resulting in sogmainia.3) Think about it, How many times have you recieved nice crispy, hot fresh fries on a CONSISTANT basis.
Now think of buying frozen fries from your purveyour. There is vertually no labor envolved. It is a consistantly cut product insuring proper cooking. Your storage is reduced to nice boxes that can be stacked neatly in the freezer reducing your storage capacity. ( How many trays will you have to use to freeze to keep them all in a single layer in your freezer? ) Frozen fries take half the time to cook ( I'm alllowing for the time it takes to cut, soak ( to get the starch out, another debatable subject),pre cook,freeze on single layers, store and re-cook.
I'm a purist at heart and it does takes a little pride swallowing, but frozen is the best way to go in my opinion. I tried the switch once, in a place that I took over and acrooss the board, the customers were happier because they got a CONSISTANT product. There are way to many uncontrolled variables when it comes to trying to make COSISTANTLY fresh fries. Plus you can gat any sized cut of fry you want. Hope it helps, good luck!!!!!