McDonald's Original Fries vs Modern Recipe | Food Wars | Fast Food Chemistry | Food Insider

The Food Wars Team, Harry Kersh and Joe Avella, make McDonald’s original recipe fries.
We’ve spent weeks tracking down the original McDonald’s fries recipe, recreating everything from the famous Formula 47 to the correct variety of potato, and we wanted to test this recipe against the modern McDonald’s fries you’re used to.

McDonalds’s fries original 1955 recipe:

2 large Idaho russet potatoes
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
formula 47 (6 cups beef tallow, ½ cup canola oil)
Peel the potatoes. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and hot water. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Cut the peeled potatoes into shoestrings. The potatoes should be 1/4″ x 1/4″ in thickness, and about 4″ to 6″ long.
Place the shoe-stringed potatoes into the bowl of sugar-water, and refrigerate. Let them soak for 30 minutes. While they’re soaking, pack the shortening into the deep fryer.
After it has liquefied and is at least 375°, drain the potatoes and place into the fryer. After 1 1/2 minutes, remove the potatoes and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Let them cool for 8 to 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
After the deep fryer is reheated to 375°-400°, add the potatoes and deep fry again for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Remove and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt, then “toss” the fries to mix the salt evenly.
Depending upon the size of the potatoes, this recipe makes about 2 medium sized fries.

00:00 – Intro
00:34 – The original 1955 recipe
01:34 – Prep and cooking
07:24 – Tasting original recipe
08:57 – The new recipe
10:46 – Beef flavoring taste test
12:55 – Cooking new recipe
14:20 – Tasting new recipe
15:03 – Conclusion

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  • I want the old fries 😢looks more appetizing I just got McDonalds and Yeah now I lost my appetite to eat the fries

    Bree ♡ 22/10/2022 pm9:20
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    mel simmons 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Cat on the counter while you are making food. Skipping this.

    johhue 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Does not gain trust seeing you struggle with Handy and simple Tasks….

    Video 17 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • They shouldn't be able to call them fries. They should be called chemical sticks. Disgusting 🤢

    Sean Charles 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Even without watching – the original fries were made using beef tallow. That's why they were better tasting. I worked there as a kid.

    Mikishots 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • I thought he was Ryan Reynolds

    Tae Kim 22/10/2022 pm9:20

    Michael Santosuosso 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Watching the second guy made me want to smack my head on a wall. Get rid of him

    Nil 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • They changed from tallow to accommodate vegetarians. And they won't tell you what's in the "natural beef flavour" because it probably has beef in it and they don't want to upset the vegetarians

    Sharon Whiteman 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • The fries are still transfat if using any hydrogenated oils. Unless the isomers of hydrogenated oils are separated lol.

    Marigold The Midnight Rider 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • That’s so gross to me when cat owners let their cats crawl all over their kitchen counters, sniff the food, licking the counter… disgusting.

    Dale Anderson 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Nice wig

    FatMansBellyButton 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Ask a vegan , not disclosing that apparently vegetarian dishes have meat ingredients is downright criminal.

    Ba Wintermage 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Original was best same with the nuggets but thanks to all them tree huggers… thanks

    JCGS Gonzalez Gonzalez 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • What happened to the fried being Vegan???

    Ba Wintermage 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • When you measured that "potato" at Almost Six inches, and then said Five. Women everwhere said,. " I told you so!"

    Ba Wintermage 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Red Green the next Generation is weird, man

    Aging Millennial Mainer 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • The flavor is in the used grease.

    Nancy Adams 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Lol beef tallow is way more healthy than all hydro oils

    Mr Domino 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • All original Mc Donald's frys were cooked from frozen.

    Troy W 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Do Burger King. I know they changed the recipe about 10 years ago. I also miss satisfries they were better then the regular ones.

    Benjamin Lehman 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Way too long, too many attempts at being funny which is just annoying, didn't see the need to have the American dude there for any reason. He didn't even do the recipe as it was so what is the point? Editing just unnecessarily all over the place. Didn't care for all of the random reaction stuff. Rule number one of filmmaking is show. Don't tell. There's a whole lot of telling in this and not a whole lot of showing. Unfortunate but it feels like 80% of this is filler. Might as well be a shitty 70s backyard horror movie

    Adam Christopher Boyd 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Mcd sells human meat. 🤮

    Randy C 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Bring back the beef! I remember all of the changes that took something good and ruined it through degrees of political correctness.

    It wasn't vegetarian – it wasn't halal – it wasn't kosher. So What!?

    Alan Cleveland 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Malcom Gladwell covered this a while back. McDonald’s changed the oil used. Destroyed a great recipe.

    Emilio G. 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • At least in Argentina the new recipe is pretty damn good. Especially when ya drink coke along with it

    Laucron 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • When old people say “things were better in my day” they typically arent bull shitting

    A P 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Canola Oil is poison. Vegetable oils are poison.

    mangaas 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Scientists dudes fry cutter was waaaaaaaaaay more legit and looked more fun to use

    A P 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • 🌈vs🌈

    TheDrunk Griller 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • I'm going to try it now in my home

    Audriella Audrentia 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Vegetarians making our lives worse.

    OptimusWombat 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • I'm only a few minutes into the video. But you skipped the most important step. That is to measure the specific gravity of the potatoes. If your potatoes contain too much water the fries will become soggy with thin flavor. So you have to measurement it. That is why mcdonald's felt the need to switch to a frozen product, which did not yet exist. So they could control it…

    M G 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Tallow and lard are both more flavorful and more healthful than vegetable oils.

    Zombie Fool 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Joe being a cat person has cured my mental health !

    Ria Nussey 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Lucky? We are eating artificial chemicals in the us…

    Bree ♡ 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Lovely

    Ekure Edafe Daniel 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Having grew up on the original fries, the new fries are disgusting to me. My family would go to McDonald's, just for the fries sometime. Once they changed them, customer count have significantly decreased imo.

    honey love 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Did anyone notice the fact that Joe was talking to his cat 🐈‍⬛ about Joe they make the fries?

    M0shua 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Nice

    minty max 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • I love to see joe struggle with the potatoes 😂😂

    Daddies lill Angel Quinn 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • I don't understand why they would change from beef tallow unless they switched to a vegetarian alternative, seems like a silly decision otherwise 🤔

    DevilboyScooby 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • The juxtaposition of Harry and Joe trying to use the fry cutters was hilarious, most I've laughed at food wars 😂

    DevilboyScooby 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • I want to like to eat mc donald french fries and it so good

    Ricky Andrews 22/10/2022 pm9:20
  • Somebody ought to bring those back even if it's not Macdonald's. The reason given for the switch was that saturated fat was considered extremely unhealthy, it was bad science, current thinking is that it's not too high that bad for you. I suspect the real reason was that the industrial product was much cheaper. It's for that reason that they won't bring them back. But it would make sense for one of the so called better burger chains to introduce a tallow fried potato, they can charge a higher price if they have a better fry.

    Joshua Rosen 22/10/2022 pm9:20