Here's how to make 'healthy' McDonald's french fries at home

McDonald's french fries POPSUGARYouTube/POPSUGARPOPSUGAR’S Brandi Milloy invented a recipe that perfectly mimics McDonald’s french fries at home.

No one in the fast food game does french fries better than McDonald’s.

The only problem is that if you have a craving for the salty snack, you’ll also be consuming a ton of calories. A medium fry order can have as much as 400 calories while a large will total almost 500 calories, or a quarter of the average person’s daily caloric intake.

So in honour of National French Fry Day, here’s POPSUGAR blogger Brandi Milloy’s recipe for making your own McDonald’s fries at home without a few of the harder-to-pronounce ingredients (h/t Daily Mail).

“There’s a lot of chemicals and ingredients that goes into making these delicious french fries,” Milloy says in the video. “But we’re going to take what we learned and apply it to making the best possible french fry at home — without the dimethylpolysiloxane.”

Over 14 ingredients are typically used by McDonald’s to make their fries, most of which we’re familiar with: potatoes, canola oil, soybean oil, and salt, just to name a few.

McDonald's french friesYouTube/POPSUGARCut your potatoes into 1/8 matchstick slices.

But there are also a few bigger names on the list, including dimethypolysiloxane, dextrose, as well as sodium acid pyrophosphate.

But most of the harder-to-pronounce ingredients are only needed by McDonald’s because it’s shipping the fries around the world to millions of franchises. When you’re making the fries in your own home, Milloy points out you only really need five ingredients.

“Unless you plan on starting a French fry franchise out of your kitchen, you don’t need a lot of them,” Milloy said.

McDonald's french fries POPSUGARYouTube/POPSUGARYou’re going to fry them in peanut oil, which has a high smoke point and neutral taste.

She switched out most of the chemicals in the frying oil with peanut oil, which has a similarly high smoke point and a neutral taste.

She also soaks the potatoes in water and corn syrup to replace the dextrose so that when the fries are cooking in the oil, they will caramelize and get that distinct bronzed look that most McDonald’s french fries have.

McDonald's french fries POPSUGARYouTube/POPSUGARSoaking the fries in water and corn syrup will help the exterior of the fries caramelize and get that distinct colouring.

After soaking in the water and corn syrup, she pats dry her potato slices and then fries them for 90 seconds before placing on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain.

The baking sheet goes into the refrigerator for 10 minutes before she fries them again for 5-6 minutes, or until the fries are golden brown.

McDonald's french fries POPSUGARYouTube/POPSUGARThis is what your fries should look like.

Milloy says that double frying the fries gives them that crunch by taking away some of the starch.

Milloy also added beef tallow to the oil immediately before frying to mimic the taste of McDonald’s “flavour bath” that gives the fries their distinct taste.

McDonald's french fries POPSUGARYouTube/POPSUGARBeef tallow will mimic McDonald’s ‘flavour bath’ that they give to their fries.

Alternatively, you could use the excess fat from when you cook any beef or steak, or you could add beef bouillon to your salt and sprinkle that onto your fries after they come out of the fryer.

McDonald's french fries GIF POPSUGARYouTube/POPSUGARIf you don’t have beef tallow or rendered fat, you can add beef bouillon to your salt.

Salt your fries and eat immediately. Milloy insists that they “taste better than the original.”

Check out the full recipe below:

-Slice your Idaho potatoes into 1/8 inch matchstick planks in the shape of fries

-Place the cut french fries in a bowl of water and corn syrup. Soak for 30 minutes in the refrigerator to remove excess starch

-Heat peanut oil to 375 degrees while fries soak

-Pat off all water from the fries

-Doing little bunches at a time, fry your potatoes for 90 seconds or until they’re a golden brown colour

-Once they’re done, place them on a paper-towel lined plate and let them drain

-Put the plate of lightly fried french fries in the refrigerator for 10 minutes

-Add beef tallow or rendered fat to the oil and increase the heat to 400 degrees

-Add your french fries a second time and fry for 5-6 minutes

-Remove from the pan and season with salt and beef bouillon (optional; 1/4 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons of salt)

-Eat and enjoy

Watch the full how-to video here.

(We’re going to be making these and reporting back to see if they really can measure up to McDonald’s fries. Have you made this recipe? Let us know what you thought by emailing [email protected])

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