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18th Apr 2021

Your McDonald’s fries will never go soggy again – if you leave the bag open

Trine Jensen-Burke

how to avoid soggy McDonald's fries

Few things are as delicious as fresh, hot, crispy McDonald’s fries.

They are comfort food at its finest, and can cure anything from a broken heart to a killer hangover.

However, we all know this conundrum – now that we can only enjoy our Mcdonald’s fries in takeaway form, how do you stop them going soggy on the drive home…?

Turns out, there is a nifty trick for making sure our fries stay crispy until we get to enjoy them at home and it comes from the mouth of a former McDonald’s employee.

Bruno Bouchet, a radio producer in Sydney, Australia, used to work at a McDonald’s in Brisbane in his younger years, and recently, he spilt the beans on just how you can avoid those precious fried going soggy before you get to tuck into them at home. The secret, Bouchet reveals, is all in the paper bag…

“When you’re at the drive-thru, you get given your chips, and they end up getting soggy,” Bouchet told local radio station KIIS FM.

“So, I’m going to tell you… the error everyone makes is closing the top of the bag that contains the chips.”

He continues:

“Because you’d think if you make it nice and airtight, the heat will keep the chips warm. Wrong. What it actually does is, it steams the potatoes, so you’re left with sloppy chips. So, you’re actually steaming them when you close the bag.”

Mind. Blown. How about you?

Bouchet reveals:

“So, the hack is simple: you need the heat to escape, so first things first – bag open. Secondly, you know how the chips are placed upwards in the bag? Put the chips horizontally because that would slow the rate of the heat escaping. It would go out one side rather than straight from the top. Finally, stack the bags so they’re horizontally at the bottom – and you put the burgers on top of the chips to keep them warm.”

Are you as mesmerized as we are at this revelation?!

“Let me recap,” he finishes. “Chips at the bottom, tip them horizontally, burgers on top, let the bag breathe – you’ll never have soggy chips ever again in your life, I guarantee it.”

Wow. Just wow. So simple, and yet so effective.