This Is How McDonald’s Fries Are Actually Made

By : Alex Mays |


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We’ve all heard a lot of horror stories over the years about McDonald’s and what their food is actually made from.

It’s a question that has bugged us for ages, but the fast-food giant finally revealed how they make their french fries.

They’re not exactly shy about the dodgy rumours flying around about their food, and even did an advert mocking that fact to clarify that their fries are in fact made of 100 per cent potato.

But now they’ve finally given us an inside look at one of their factories that makes its world famous fries.

The company released a video a year back starring former MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara, who toured a Simplot Factory that makes, freezes and then ships McDonald’s fries.

Trucks unload tonnes of potatoes onto a conveyor belt at the factory. These potatoes are skinned, washed and fed into a tube with high-pressure water.

That water shoots the potatoes through the tube at 60 to 70 miles per hour into blades that slice them into the famous fry shape.

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Once they’re out, the fries are covered in sugar. This sounds pretty weird, but the production planner at the factory, Koko Neher, says it’s to ‘make sure we get a consistent colour no matter what time of the year it is.”

They’re then coated in sodium acid pyrophosphate, which stops the fries from greying up after freezing.

The fries are then partially cooked and flash frozen.

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At the end of the long process, the fries are finally packaged and sent to McDonald’s restaurants around the country, where the process is completed in store.

Now they’re ready to be served – happy days!

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So, there you have it.


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