12 French Fry Facts for the True Potato Fan

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Hot chicken and potatoes go together like peanut butter and jelly. Crimson’s Fries and hot chicken are a perfect match, if such a thing does actually exist. You are not alone in your lifelong love of french fries. In general potatoes are irresistible whether baked, fried, mashed, hot, cold, crispy, smooth, chunky or roasted. Take a few minutes and count up all the different ways that you enjoy both potatoes and french fries. Don’t worry we will hang tight with an order of freshly cooked to order Crimson Fries while you make your list.

In the meantime, here’s our list of 12 fun french fry facts:

  1. According to Google, There are at least 15 different styles of fry in existence: standard, waffle, thick-cut, Belgian, curly, steak, shoestring, crinkle-cut, sweet potato, cottage, side-winding, tornado, wedge and smiley face, in addition to tots, if you count those as fries. Which one of these french fry styles is your favorite? Do potato smiley faces count at french fries in your book?
  2. French fries have a very long history. Wikipedia cites two early French references to the french fry. The first dates back to 1775 to describing them as “a few pieces of fried potato” and to “fried potatoes”…
  3. The second French reference goes back to Paris in 1789 prior to the French Revolution. We have street vendors on the Pont Neuf bridge to thank for the worldwide favorite known as the french fry.
  4. You might be wondering what the best or most ideal type of potato is for the fan favorite french fry? Did you perhaps guess or know that it’s the Russet?
  5. Google shares that Russet potatoes do in fact make the best french fries partly due to their starch content.
  6. Wondering what type(s) of potatoes that the famed golden arches use for their french fries? They actually a variety of different potatoes. Mcdonald’s Our World Famous Fries® are made from quality potatoes, including Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, Umatilla Russet and the Shepody.
  7. The reputable America’s Test Kitchen published their Classic French Fries recipe. Their recipe requires a few extra steps. “Because these are starchy potatoes, it is important to rinse the starch off the surface after cutting the potatoes into fries. Then refrigerate the potatoes in a bowl of ice water for at least 30 minutes. When the potatoes first enter the hot oil, they are nearly frozen, which allows a slow, thorough cooking of the inner potato pulp. “ Would you take these additional steps for a classic fry?
  8. There’s even a national day dedicated to the french fry! Mark your calendars for 13th July. It’s been declared as French Fries Day. It falls on a Tuesday this year, see you at 11 am at either our flagship Downey location or our newest location in Artesia. Find us at 10405 Lakewood Blvd Downey CA 90241 or at 11938 1/2 South St Artesia CA 90701 for take out.
  9. French fries are enjoyed around the world but what might they be called abroad? Insider shares that French-speaking countries such as France and Belgium use the term “frites,” short for “pommes frites” ― which itself is an abbreviation of “pommes de terre frites,” or fried potatoes. Another cultural stand out is that in the United Kingdom and in Ireland, french fries are called chips.
  10. The site Home Perch has their awesome list of the different types of french fries. Check out their list here and be prepared to be shook.They list an amazing 30 types of French fries. Let the frying begin! Most folks have heard of steak, wedges, curly, shoestring type of french fries. Well, what about, Animal style fries, Poutine, Carne Asada or Patatje Oorlog? Have you tried any of these unusual french fry variations? Or are you more of a classic french fry type?
  11. Do you remember that the Russet potato makes the best type of french? Did you know that it is the most common type of potato in the United States? It’s creation was actually a lucky accident for whom we have Luther Burbank to thank circa 1870 according to Google.
  12. Have you ever wished that french fries and macaroni and cheese could be perfectly paired and not just separate sides? Well, dream no more. You will definitely want to get up close and personal with our speciality dish known as Joey Eat Fries, a one of a kind creation that you will only find at Crimson Coward. We didn’t just stop at combining fan favorites of Crimson Fries and our Mac and Cheese. To this glory we added a boneless breast cooked to perfection, which then gets drizzled with our secret Crimson sauce. Why stop there? Next we top it with house-made slaw, pickles and cheese! You can’t go wrong when a bed of Crimson fries is your foundation. Just ask for Joey Eat Fries when you order at either our Downey or Artesia locations.