French Fries!!

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  1. VANewbie

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    I can NEVER EVER get them right.

    I have tried many different brands and cook exactly how the package suggests or I try on my own just in case my oven has different heat settings.

    They always come out soft and soggy. I bake them in the oven and sometimes I broil them for 5 -10 minutes and they still never come out right.

    How do you cook yours and how do they come out?

    I have never tried to cook them with oil on the stove and I do not want to have to go out and buy a deep fryer. I never cook them that much to go and invest in one of those but when I do cook them I want them to be cook enough to eat.
     
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    In the oven. Preheat it. 400 degrees. Stir the around while they are cooking.
     
  4. MissCeliaB

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    My mom loves her Mini Fry Daddy! It's cheap, and hardly takes any room in her cabinet.

    Of course, it's not very healthy, but as she says: "You can take the girl out of Louisiana, but she's still going to deep fry it and then smother it in cheese and cream of mushroom soup."
     
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    A mini fryer. I never knew they made those. I might look into that.
    I know its not that healthy but I do not eat fries often. Maybe like once every 3 months or so...and probably because I am not able to cook them.
     
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    Oh I hear you. I'm really watching my health and weight, and all of my cheats have involved either french fries or cream cheese.
     
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    How do you cook them now? What methods/times have you already tried?
     
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    I cook real potato fries in the oven. They are so yummy. Peel and slice regular potatoes into fry shape. Coat with olive oil and bake at about 400 degrees. WW recipe.
     
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    1.I cook them in the oven and I follow the directions on the bags.

    2. I cook them in the oven and turn up the oven higher than the directions say.

    3. I cook them in the oven strictly on broil.
     
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    Are you preheating the oven?
     
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    Is there something wrong with your oven? Do you have problems cooking other things in it?
     
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    I have never preheated the oven. I just turn the oven on and put the fries in.

    The oven is brand new. I have not had a problem cooking anything else in it. All of my other foods come out fine.

    Anywhere I have lived-new or older oven my fries have always come out the same way.

    I want a crispier fry!!!!:mad: Thats all I want.:lol:

    Is the pre heating really that important?
     
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    You never knew they sold those? :) Here's some on HSN & QVC:

    The cheapest one is only $29.99.
    http://www.hsn.com/cnt/search/searc...ays=&minprice=&maxprice=&srchCatNm=&o=esearch

    QVC's cheapest is $21.84.
    http://www.qvc.com/CatalogSearch?langId=-1&storeId=10251&catalogId=10151&keyword=deep+fryer
     
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    Preheating really IS that important! I think you just solved your own problem! :)

    I know my oven takes about 10 minutes to preheat to 400, which is what frozen pizza cooks at. If I threw in the frozen pizza as soon as I turned on the oven, it would only cook at full temperature for 7 minutes, which isn't long enough to cook anything from frozen. That's what's happening to your fries. They're not fully cooked even after the 20 minutes or whatever that they've been in the oven.

    Preheat the oven next time and see how your fries turn out. I bet they'll be scrumptious and perfect.
     
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    Pre-heating really is that important. That could be the answer to the soggy fry problem in its entirety :)

    Something else you can try is to put a tiny amount of salt on them before you cook them. That has helped me when I've baked them on particularly muggy days (like 97% humidity type muggy).
     
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    Okay guys. I'm about to get up and cook the fries I have and pre heat. I will let you all know what happens in 30-35 mins. Wish me luck!
     
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    Waiting for the oven to preheat.

    I guess I feel embarrassed now. :eek: I NEVER preheat anything. Did not know it was that important.

    Seriously I'm not a good cook. Learning experience.
     
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    I haven't eaten a potato product since March. Wow. French fries sound heavenly!
     
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    I'm on a diet and enjoyed fries the other day. Seven of them. :haha: I weigh every little thing I eat, even when I'm confident I could portion correctly otherwise (actually, I almost freak myself out because I've developed the ability to grab exactly 32 chocolate chips every time), and I have to say that to see just seven on the plate was a bit of downer, but once I'd finished I felt satisfied.

    I only cook my fries in the oven, the absolute best are crinkle fries, and I love them soft. I'm also picky in that I like "full length fries" and not those sad little sides bits and those pieces half the size of your pinky.

    These are what I eat:

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    I have seen the crinkle kind but not that brand.
    My favorite are the fries that you can get at a restaurant that are really skinny. I do not know the name of them but they are cut so thin.

    And then on the other hand I love the huge potato cut fries.

    I do not think I could limit myself to only 7 fries!!! And I am supposed to be watching what I eat.


    My fries are still cooking. Only 5 more mins left. I can smell them. Can't wait.
     
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    UPDATE!!!!!

    I am soooooooooooooooooooo embarrassed but so glad I asked. So all I had to do was preheat this whole time!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    I'm sitting here eating nice and crispy fries. Yum!

    Thanks!:hugs:
     
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    Glad it all worked out for you :)
     
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    This thread made me laugh. If it makes you feel better, years ago I was a married gal and had to call my mom and ask her how to brown meat so I could make hamburger helper. Most of us have been there and done that.
     
  25. VANewbie

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    Ok. I can brown meat.

    If you think thats bad I cooked a pizza in the oven with the bottom cardboard on it and cut a slice and wondered why it was so hard. Once I took a bite I realized that pizzas came with a cardboard bottom.
     
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    This is funny stuff! :)
     
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    If you've never been taught, how are you supposed to know? Don't feel bad.
     
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    this is right. I was never taught.
     
  29. JustMe

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    If course don't feel bad. Heck, I was taught and still I rarely preheat the oven (only for the all-important brownies) because I'm so impatient.
     
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    I can go for a batch of sweet potato fries after reading this thread. I might just have to do that! YUM!! :)
     
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    I do not even know the first step in cooking sweet potato fries. I just saw a commercial for a food processor and I was trying to think what people use those for. lol

    If you were to come in my kitchen I have one pot, one bowl, and a teeny tiny frying pan. :)
     
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    The same brand of regular crinkle fries I posted has some good organic sweet potato fries as well. I just tried them for the first time about sixth months ago and it was actually the first time I'd ever had anything sweet potato. I still prefer regular, but it's a nice change.

    If you slice the potato yourself you could still just bake them in the oven...just wash, cut to your desired size, and bake until your desired level. You could of course add special seasoning if you wished. :)
     
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    Just FYI, YouTube has instructional videos for just about everything!
     
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    I just went to youtube for a how to on something that you guys would laugh about more than my way of cooking so I'll keep it a secret!!
     
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    Aw. Seriously, we're all here to help each other...in and out of the classroom. :)
     
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    Everybody has their talents and nobody knows everything. So you never learned how to cook. I'd bet large sums of money that you have some basic skill that I totally lack. Please don't be embarrassed.
     
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    The Alexia brand salt and pepper Sweet Potato fries are so yummy! I almost think regular fries are too bland now since I've had those.
     
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    I do like those restaurant fries, the skinny ones. When I do buy frozen fries I buy the skinny restaurant thingies.
     
  39. VANewbie

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    I made waffle fries tonight and I never buy the skinny restaurant ones because as you guys heard they always came out gross. I just knew that even the skinny ones would be so limp after I cooked them.

    Can't wait to buy them now.
     
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    I love baking the sweet potato fries from Alexia brand...Flip them over about half way through so they don't get too crisp. they're delicious!
     
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    The skinny ones are called shoestring fries. I don't like them because I think that the best part of a french fry is the mushy insidey part.
     

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