how to bake frozen french fries in the oven

In this article, we will discuss “how to bake frozen french fries in the oven” we will also discuss how french fries are made and different ways to cook them, and their nutrient content.

How to bake frozen french fries in the oven

To bake frozen french fries start by preheating your oven to 220°C. Followed by arranging your frozen french fries in a single layer on a baking tray that was lightly greased. Start baking for approx 12-15 minutes till the french fries turn light golden.

Crispy and golden french fries can be easily cooked at home anytime you want. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside these french fries are usually stored at home under frozen conditions so that their shelf life is increased and can be cooked whenever we want. 

French fries can be cooked in various ways like baking, deep-frying,  air frying.

So, yes! You can bake something that is supposed to be fried.

Baking 

To bake the frozen french fries start by preheating your oven to 220°C. Followed by arranging your frozen french fries in a single layer on a baking tray that was lightly greased. Start baking for approx 12-15 minutes till the french fries turn light golden. 

This procedure does not consume much oil and is a healthier option.

Deep fry

The most commonly used method to cook french fries is deep frying them in hot oil. All you need to do for this is heat some oil in the pan at high flame and once the oil is heated turn the flame to medium and add the french fries. Fry them until they are light golden brown. 

By this method, you get crispy french fries.

Air frying 

An air fryer is a great machine to fry food without using much oil. Preheat the air fryer for 10 minutes and grease the tray with a few drops of oil and spread it evenly on the surface. Now line up the french fries on the surface of the tray and insert them in the air fryer and let it cook for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and your french fries are ready to be consumed. 

How to make french fries at home

The origin of french fries is disputed between France and Belgium. French fries come in many variants like chili cheese fries, curry chips, potato wedges, salchipapas, slap-chips, waffle fries. 

Now that we discussed how to cook french fries, let’s also discuss how to make french fries at home from scratch. French fries also called fries, finger fries, etc are served hot and crispy. Generally eaten at lunch or dinner as a side dish to burgers. They can be topped with mayonnaise, ketchup, or chili cheese. 

French fries are made of potatoes. Potatoes that are higher in starch are recommended for both deep fry and oven French fries. The most common is the Russet potato. 

Next, wash the potatoes and get rid of any kind of dirt or mud from their surface. Now peel the potatoes and cut them into ¼ inch strips using a good sharp knife. You can make the pieces bigger but you will need to adjust your cooking time as bigger pieces may take longer time to cook. 

Nutrient content 

As they are made of potatoes, french fries primarily contain carbohydrates other than that there is protein from the potato and the fat that is absorbed during the deep-frying process. Salt, which is almost always applied as a surface seasoning, contains sodium. 

For example, a large serving of french fries at McDonald’s in the United States is 154 grams.

It has 510 calories that come from 66 g of carbohydrates, 24 g of fat, 7 g of protein, and 350 mg of sodium. 

Experts have criticized french fries for being very unhealthy. According to Jonathan Bonnet, MD, in a TIME magazine article, “fries are nutritionally unrecognizable from a spud” because they “involve frying, salting, and removing one of the healthiest parts of the potato: the skin, where many of the nutrients and fiber are found.”

Frying french fries in beef tallow, lard, or other animal fats adds saturated fat to the diet. Replacing animal fats with tropical vegetable oils, such as palm oil, simply substitutes one saturated fat for another.

French fries contain some of the highest levels of acrylamides when compared to any other foodstuff and experts have raised concerns about the effects of acrylamides on human health. As acrylamide can cause kidney, endometrial and ovarian cancer.

A legal issue related to french fries was in the United States, in 2002, the McDonald’s Corporation agreed to donate to Hindus and other groups to settle lawsuits filed against the chain for mislabeling french fries as vegetarian even though beef extract flavoring was added to their production. 

Conclusion 

In this article, we discussed “how to bake frozen french fries in the oven”. We also discussed other ways to cook frozen french fries. The health-related aspects of french fries were also discussed.

References  

  1. https://www.loavesanddishes.net/how-to-cook-frozen-fries/
  2. https://www.101cookingfortwo.com/crispy-oven-baked-french-fries/
  3. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_fries

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