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Does it matter if you don't preheat the oven for frozen French fries?

For fairly forgiving things like french fries, I've never found it makes a difference. Typically I turn the oven on, get the chips (which is what we call them here) out of the freezer, and the baking ...
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Does it matter if you don't preheat the oven for frozen French fries?

The primary reason that instructions on the packaging almost always tell you to pre-heat is that different ovens heat up differently, so both to the people who write the instructions, and those ...
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How to make Frozen french fries

Here, check this out. This is an article explaining at length how to make perfect French fries. How to make perfect McDonald's style French Fries So basically, you have to cut your fries so that ...
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What should I do if I forgot to dry fries before baking?

Bake them anyway and accept that they might not be quite as good as they would otherwise be. A little extra moisture won't be fatal, and there's nothing you can easily do now. You could try patting ...
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Small baskets for fries

They just look like gimmick frying basket used for serving. When you fry things, you need to have "space" in the fryer to have a good consistent frying so that you have as much surface of the ...
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Low-calorie French Fries

Isn't the oil (and bad oil temperature), the main reason for calories in fried food, not the vegetables themselves? Just coating in corn starch will not help at all, the moisture in the vegetable ...
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What makes fries "oven fries"?

They have additional ingredients which make the fries more crispy than they would otherwise be -- often this involves cornstarch. For example, America's test kitchen has a popular recipe where you ...
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When making french fries, can I precut them before baking or frying them?

Regarding potatoes, not sweet potatoes: It's actually great to precut potatoes for French fries, it gives you an opportunity to soak them in water, which removes the starch and simple sugars from the ...
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Can you mix raw chicken and French fries dip them in the same flour batter?

As long as you are cooking both, as you suggest in your question, there is no danger. Any potential hazard will not survive the heat of cooking.
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What is the type of cheese in "chips and cheese" UK fast-food? (with photos)

The majority of fast food take-away restaurants buy their grated cheese in bulk from suppliers. The majority of the cheese is a 70%/30% mix of mozzarella and cheddar. I know because I've worked in the ...
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How do I make french fries that are crispy inside and out?

I rarely bother to deep fry fries. I buy them precut, blanched and frozen in the supermarket and bake them in the oven. If I bake them as intended, they are fluffy on the inside. If I forget them in ...
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Does double-frying French Fries in an air fryer make it crispier?

I tried out the following procedures with Air Fried french fries and concluded that the best way to make them is to cut, wash and air-fry. Note: Any kind of "frying" here refers to air-frying. Also, ...
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What to prepare first, the fries or the burger? How to serve everything crispy and warm?

My instinct is that you should have everything cook at the same time. Cut all veggies and make sure fries are pre cooked so the second frying is for exterior crispness. You should be able to drop ...
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standard way to make crispy sweet potato fries?

Freezing fries opens up their texture and makes them more fluffy. This is helpful for regular fries or sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes have too much sugar and not enough starch to crisp up on ...
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How can I make sweet potato fries soggy?

the reason you haven't found any recipes for soggy sweet potato fries is because of one simple fact: soggy is the default state for oven fries, unless you do something to specifically make the crispy. ...
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Did I do anything wong when making fries?

I haven't noticed regular potatoes being sweet when overcooked, undercooked, or even raw. So I don't think the sweetness was due to cooking time. However, according to http://www.finecooking.com/...
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Can you make fries with coconut oil?

Use the refined coconut oil. And not only for temperature reasons... I admit to not liking the taste of coconut in many cases... but I particularly don't want my french fries tasting like them. That ...
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How can we keep the crisp part of French Fries for longer time?

I am no expert but I recently moved to a student apartment in the Netherlands and my roommates have some experience making fries. I'd say one of the main factor that makes the fries get soggy is the ...
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Forgot to add salt to french fries while soaking it in hot water

Any salt added during the soaking step won’t make your fries significantly salty, during blancing the potatoes will precook and absorb some water and if salted, some salt (a 3% brine is suggested here)...
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Triple cooked chips: Removing moisture by cooling

The matter here is much more complex than simple "drying out". Starch physics is complicated stuff, and I don't know it in all details, but here is the rough picture. Starch starts out in tiny ...
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Triple cooked chips: Removing moisture by cooling

There are a lot of things going on to change the starches in the potatoes besides drying too; see rumtscho's answer for more on that. However, the drying matters as well, and these are indeed good ...
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Low-calorie French Fries

I expect you'll find that recipes for carrot 'fries' work for swedes and get closer to the french fry texture you want. They involve coating in oil (+/- various herbs, hard cheeses, etc) and baking. ...
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How to make crispy French fries?

The French way or Belgian way (hard to make the difference) to make them is: 1/ Choose the right potato bread, I don't know which ones are available where you live, but for instance, in France or in ...
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standard way to make crispy sweet potato fries?

The above recipe is valid but tedious. Try recipe below without the freezing part. Sweet potatoes do need a coating for crispness to replicate the double fry method achieved with potatoes. This ...
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Does double-frying French Fries in an air fryer make it crispier?

The strategy for making crispy fries in an airfryer is really similar to deep frying: You need starchy potatoes for making great fries. Dehydrating the fries, before browning is a must, this you can ...
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Does it matter if you don't preheat the oven for frozen French fries?

Bacteria, the main reason why we want to keep our frozen foods frozen, can double in volume in just 20 minutes in an environment between 40°F - 140°F (5°C - 60°C). As such, the theory is that you don'...
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Does it matter if you don't preheat the oven for frozen French fries?

I think there are several reasons, but it all comes down to getting a consistent result across different ovens. For example - my oven uses the broiler element to preheat. Warm up is very quick, which ...
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Does it matter which sheet pan I use for cooking french fries in the oven?

Maybe, maybe not. All my rectangular pans with edges on them warp rather dramatically when heated, sometimes violently enough to toss small items off (but usually not that hard.) Doesn't seem to ...
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Why double fry French fries after blanching instead of just blanching and frying?

I disagree with the accepted answer's premise that blanching is to keep potatoes from sticking. Both blanching and double-frying initially cook the potatoes at a lower temperature. This allows the ...
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French Fries: Why soak in cold water, and if so, why a long time

According to https://foodcrumbles.com/should-you-rinse-or-soak-potatoes-before-frying-an-experiment/ when it comes to crispiness it makes little difference whether you soak for a long period of time ...
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