We know that McDonald’s prepares the food we eat in advance. Fryers are constantly cooking fries because they need food ready to order. After all, the entire business logic of McDonald’s is that of a quick service restaurant. In 2019, the fact that they improved their drive-thru turn time by 20 seconds was deemed significant enough by Dive Restaurant to make headlines.

However, this knowledge can lead to uncomfortable visions of greased and fried foodstuffs becoming sweaty. In any case, this seems to have bothered Rachelle Martique, who asked McDonald’s: « How long do you keep your fries before throwing them away? » « . McDonald’s responded in its question and answer section that it only keeps its cooked fries for seven minutes “As quality is at the heart of everything we do at McDonald’s, we do not serve fries that have been kept for more than seven minutes. Thanks for asking,” the fast-food restaurant wrote. The machine therefore continues to produce more and more fries, thus meeting society’s need to reach crazy speed.

Also, fries don’t age well.

Of course, the other problem is that a greased and fried rectangle of potato quickly becomes a cube of low-grade starch.

In 2019, The Takeout calculated that fries start to lose their appeal from around 10 minutes and become rather unappetizing from 18 minutes onwards. They came to this conclusion by sending three staff members to three different McDonald’s, where they started a timer as soon as the fries reached the heat lamps. Although they didn’t use the most rigorous methodology, it fits well with McDonald’s decision to trash fries after seven minutes.

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The real issue with the shelf life of fries, however, is delivery. In March, Reuters covered the rise of fast food delivery options. The two problems that McDonald’s faces in particular are the freshness of the chicken patty and the crispiness of the fries. “We have a lot of work to do here,” admitted one franchisee, referring to the time it takes to transport the fries. Considering that the very appeal of McDonald’s fries comes from the fact that they come straight from the fryer, it’s unclear how they might make them travel. Maybe they should have traveling fry ovens, like a hibachi at a burger joint.

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