McDonald’s Canada – How To Make Their World Famous Fries
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[McDonald’s Canada – How To Make Their World Famous Fries]
[Scott Gibson] Source: LYBIO.net
Hi, I’m Scott Gibson. I work in the Supply Chain department here at McDonald’s. Today, we are going to talk about one of our favorite menu items, our French fries. We’ve received so many questions about our French fries that we thought we take you on a behind-the-scene tour from the farm all the way to the fryer.
And with that, we start with our first question. And it comes from Fern L. from Prince George, BC. Where do your potatoes come from? I’m told your fries are not from real potatoes?
Well Fern, today we are lucky because we are actually in a harvesting time and we are joined by Angelo from Levesque Family Farms and he is going to explain the process even further.
Back here we got three pieces of machinery; two of them are the same, windrowers, which pick up six rows each. They put them in four rows the harvesters going to pick up. It’s going to go from the harvester to a truck then the trucks will go to a sorting station.
We just left the fields, and now we are in the sorting area for the potatoes. Angelo, can you take us through the process?
Yes. Potatoes get off the truck on this conveyer here on to what we call a dirt eliminator, which is going to take out some dirt and rocks. Then we got people sorting the rest of the stuff here on to a bin piler that goes in the truck and then the trucks off to McCain’s.
Well, that’s great. Well, thank you very much. And Fern, I hope that answers your question.
Well, we are here at the McCain plant where we are going to see those potatoes turn into French fries. And with that we have our next question from Monty L. from Regina, Saskatchewan. Are French fries cut; are they processed and then formed?
Well Monty, I can tell you they are cut and they’re never formed. And today, I am here with Mario, the Production Manager at McCain and he is going to take us through the process. So Mario, can you tell us how those potatoes become McDonald’s French fries?
[Mario Dupuis] Source: LYBIO.net
Sure, thanks, Scott. The process of making a McFry is relatively simple. We receive our potatoes on a daily basis from approximately 30 growers from a local region. Once the potatoes are received, they are then washed to remove the dirt and the rocks in the potatoes and then we push them through our peeling system to remove the peel.
Once the potatoes are peeled, they are then pushed through our cutting system, where we cut the nine-thirty-seconds cut for McDonald’s fry. Once the potatoes are cut, we push the strips to a blancher to remove the natural sugars from the strips; this will prevent some variation in our color once we re-cook the product.
So following the blanching process, we add a dextrose solution to have that nice even coat that we see in the restaurants. We also add an ingredient to our strips to make sure that we prevent the graying of our product throughout the process.
The next step is the drying process, where we remove the excess moisture from our strips. So from the drying process we head on over to the fryer, where we fry the strips for 45 to 60 seconds, freeze the product, package and off we go.
[Scott Gibson] Source: LYBIO.net
Monty, I hope that answers your question. We are just going to head down to McDonald’s and we are going to see these French Fries being cooked.
We are here at a McDonald’s restaurant and we have two questions for you. The first one came from Armond J. from Ottawa. What type of oil does McDonald’s use to fry their fries? That’s a great question. All of our Canadian restaurants use a 100% vegetable oil.
The second question comes from Mike R. from Guelph. Why is there so much salt on the fries? That’s also a great question. But I think I’d like to first start by telling you Mike, you can actually get your fries with no salt at all. All you have to do is ask. But if you do like to have your salt with your fries, I want to do a quick demonstration to show you exactly how much salt you are actually getting.
So we are talking the shaker we actually use in our restaurants, we are just pouring the amount of salt we would use for a standard basket of fries and I’m gonna take it and just put into this cup, that just makes it a little bit easier for me to pour it. And I am taking one of our standard spoons we use here at McDonald’s. There you go. That’s what you are getting in a basket of fries, which basically is about four medium fries.
Hopefully, Mike that answers your question, and hopefully, you’ve enjoyed your behind-the-scene-tour of the farm, the factory and now our restaurants.
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