I’m not really sure why I used to do this, but sometimes I would pick up McDonald’s from the drive thru and wait until I got home to eat it rather than just wolfing it down in the car – I guess it was more polite and stopped my car from getting full of crap?! – but every now and again my fries would have gone all soggy and it really would have annoyed me.
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Fortunately, twenty years or so after the event, this former McDonald’s employee turned DJ named Bruno Bouchet has decided to tell us all the secret of keeping the fries crisp and crunchy on his radio show over in Sydney:
When you’re at the drive-thru, you get given your chips, and they end up getting soggy. So, I’m going to tell you… the error everyone makes is closing the top of the bag that contains the chips.
Because you’d think if you make it nice and airtight, the heat will keep the chips warm. Wrong. What it actually does is, it steams the potatoes, so you’re left with sloppy [fries]. So, you’re actually steaming them when you close the bag.
Secondly, you know how the fries are placed upwards in the bag? Put the chips horizontally because that would slow the rate of the heat escaping. It would go out one side rather than straight from the top.
Stack the bags so they’re horizontally at the bottom – and you put the burgers on top of the chips to keep them warm.
Let me recap, [fries] at the bottom, tip them horizontally, burgers on top, let the bag breathe – you’ll never have soggy chips ever again in your life, I guarantee it.
Wow. What a methodical and arguably sensible and scientific method of keeping your fries unsoggy. Again though, you could just eat them in the car on the way home unless you’re driving with narcs or your parents. Just saying.
For more of the same, check out when we figured out who had the best fries out of the big three. Big day for everyone.