Day 140/365: McDonalds French Fries Recipe & Nutritional Facts

Day 140/365: McDonalds French Fries Recipe & Nutritional Facts

May 20, 2011

I am guilty of being a McDonalds French Fries addict! But somehow I was able to control now myself on eating oily and salty food. Once in a while is okay but make sure to detox yourself and sweat it out!

Should you want to try you own French Fries, check this out:

2 large Idaho Russet potatoes (For the Philippines Potato, just choose the big elongated type)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 1/2-2 cups hot water
6 cups shortening
1/4 cup beef lard (or save the fat from previously cooked burgers)
salt

Directions:
1.) Peel the potatoes. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and hot water. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Using a french fry slicer, cut the peeled potatoes into shoestrings. The potatoes should be 1/4″ x 1/4″ in thickness, and about 4″ to 6″ long. (You can do this with a knife, but it is alot of work).
2.) Place the shoestringed potatoes into the bowl of sugar-water, and refrigerate. Let them soak about 30 minutes.
3.) While they’re soaking, pack the shortening into the deep fryer. Crank up the temperature to “full”. The shortening has to pre-heat for a very long time. It will eventually liquify. After it has liquified and is at least 375°, drain the potatoes and dump them into the fryer. (be careful, it will be ferocious).
4.) After 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, remove the potatoes and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Let them cool 8 to 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
5.) While they’re cooling, add the lard or beef drippings to the hot Crisco®. Again, crank the temperature to full. Stir in the lard as it melts into the oil. It will blend inches.
6.) After the deep fryer is reheated to 375°-400°, add the potatoes and deep fry again. This time for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Remove and place in a large bowl.
7.) Sprinkle generously with salt, then “toss” the fries to mix the salt evenly.
8.) Serve hot, serve immediately, and enjoy! Depending upon the size of the potatoes, this recipe make about 2 medium sized fries.
9.) Special Notes: If you want more fries, double the recipe—but DON’T double the cooking oil. Just cook them in shifts, adding about 1/4 cup more Crisco® and 1 tablespoon lard for the second batch.

(Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/copycat-mc-donalds-famous-french-fries-151111#ixzz1Wyf2s5oq)

Day 140/365: McDonalds French Fries Recipes and Nutrional Facts

Dont be shocked! Here is the Nutrition Facts of a McDonald French Fries:

Calorie Content: A serving size of 117 grams will cost a person about 370 calories, and this is even without putting catsup on it. Of course, the catsup is an indispensable part in eating French fries, so it is estimated that another 100 calories or so is gained when a person eats a small pack of McDonald’s French fries. While this may be reasonable enough for a small meal, this is only the case if the person would eat healthy, nutritious meals along the way.

Fat : A small pack of McDonald’s French fries contains about 13 grams of fat, with at least 2.5 of the amount being saturated fat. It contains about 370 calories, 47% of which is fat-based which is a bad ratio given that the American Heart Association recommends a diet where the fat contains less than 20% of the total calories.

Carbohydrates: The 117 gram serving of French fries from McDonalds has about 45 grams of carbohydrates, with a limited amount of carbohydrates. The said figure constitutes about 20% of a person’s daily requirement for carbs, but for those who are on a low fat diet, then eating French fries from McDonald’s is certainly a no-no. Likewise, potatoes are considered sources of high gylcemic carb meaning it can result to higher levels of insulin which in turn result to gain in weight. Thus those who are cautious of gaining weight should eat McDonald’s French fries in moderation.

Sodium: McDonald’s French fries is also rich in sodium. In a small serving of French fries it is estimated that there is about 266 mg of sodium. The American Heart Association notes that the daily requirement of sodium is about 2,000 mg. While the 266 milligram content of French fries is still far from the said amount, the sodium content will surely go up if a person sprinkles more table salt on a French fries.

Other Health Hazards There have also been other studies that have documented the bad effects of French fries on one’s health. For one, fast food staples such as French fries are known to be rich in acrylamides, a substance that has been associated with cancer. A large serving of French fries is said to have a high level of acrylamides, testing for about 72 micrograms. The said figure is about thrice the amount gained from drinking a cup of water.

Bottomline: McDonald’s French fries nutrition facts indeed reveal that this fast food staple is not exactly the most nutritious food to eat. Those who are fond of eating this food should seriously consider eating it in moderation.

(http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fast-foods-generic/8054/2)