Frozen French Fries Are Evil!

In the battle of good and evil, french fries are at the forefront.  Most people don’t know this, but it’s true.  At least, it’s true if you love potatoes as much as I do.

The more research I do about food, and the more I read ingredient labels, the more irritated I become by the amount of chemicals and added sugar and oil I’m eating without even knowing it.  And while I’m not advocating giving up all processed foods (hello, chocolate!), cutting down on them substantially just seems like good sense.  I was in the process of grabbing a bag of frozen french fries at the store (yes, I get lazy sometimes), when I read the label, which went like this:  potatoes, vegetables oil (palm oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil and/or canola oil), salt, dextrose, disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate, annatto, vegetables (for coloring).

Just for contrast, here’s the french fry ingredients from a major fast food place:  potatoes, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor (wheat and milk derivatives)**, citric acid (preservative), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent)), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil ((may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated corn oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent). **CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK (Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.)

Maybe these added ingredients are benign, simply helpers in the world of making them look good and not stick together.  But that doesn’t mean I want to eat them if I can avoid it.  Aside from the chemicals in there, both of these french fries have dextrose in them.  Why?  Potatoes taste great without added sugar.

So I put down the bag, went home and made my own french fries.  I did have to sacrifice an extra 5 minutes or so, but it was worth it.  The ingredients in mine are potatoes, olive oil, garlic and seasonings.  That’s it.  And that is good.

Homemade Red Potato Fries

Homemade Red Potato Fries

Red Potatoes (or you can use any kind)
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Fresh or dried herbs (optional)
Garlic (optional)

Cut potatoes into sticks, toss with a little olive oil (a tablespoon or two) and whatever seasonings you like.  Spread out flat on a baking sheet and bake at 400˚ for about 30 minutes.  Bake a little less if you like them soft and squishy (I do), or a little longer if you want them crispy and brown.

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10 thoughts on “Frozen French Fries Are Evil!

  1. I agree with you except for one thing. The chocolate. I buy cacao powder and cacao nibs. No processing. Guilt free. and of course, totally yummy.

    • aprilarnold says:

      I love the nibs, but I am a sucker for bittersweet chocolate too (although I do look for those that have less ingredients, with chocolate being the first one listed). Still, nice to remember there is an alternative!

  2. Looks fantastic. Mmmmmm.

  3. L2Kitchen says:

    I feel the same way, I read a lot of labels and turn down a lot of processed/canned/frozen foods. That being said, I have an allergy to raw tomatoes so I am sort of stuck buying canned until I have a garden and am able to cook down and can my own again. :3 VIVA LA HEALTHY FOODS!

    • aprilarnold says:

      At least you can get canned tomatoes without a lot of added ingredients, and they are available in a “low sodium” version. Also, it’s farmer’s market season…let somebody else grow them for you!

      • L2Kitchen says:

        Truth! We have one that’s close (but that is so crowded you can’t ever move) and another one relatively close that we try to get to as much as possible. 😀

  4. […] Looking for other easy potato sides?  Try Downright fancy baked potatoes, or homemade garlic fries! […]

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