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Can you eat cold french fries?

nextmeal Dec 13, 2008 08:12 AM

Or how about a cold toasted bagel? When I get a toasted bagel for breakfast I have to eat it right away. Once it is no longer hot - I can't eat it. This means I don't want to stop and chit chat or be distracted in any way. The fries that get cold get left behind too. I know someone who will reheat fries in the microwave.

What are some foods that you have to eat piping hot or freezing cold or only at room temperature?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 13, 2008 08:56 AM

    cold fries? ugh, absolutely not. soggy, greasy...gross. actually, i won't eat cold potatoes, period.

    re: the bagel, although the first few hot bites are the best, i'll eat the rest @ room temp - i don't eat fast enough to finish it before it cools down.

    same goes for pizza - has to be at least warm. i don't understand the appeal of cold pizza. the crust is soggy, the cheese is congealed, the sauce is dry...what's appetizing about that?

    soup has to be at least warm - when i'm eating at home i'll nuke it in the MW for a minute to heat it up if it starts to cool down too much.

    salad has to be close to room temp, i can't stand cold veggies.

    actually, i can't stand eating any food super-cold...not even ice cream or frozen yogurt. when something's that cold, the flavor becomes so muted you can't even taste it. the only thing that *has* to be ice-cold is beer.

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      fourunder Dec 13, 2008 09:18 AM

      Two things come to mind that must be served Hot, hot, hot....and fries must be well done crispy.

      French Fries and Soup...I rarely send any food back, but when ordering these two items, I insist to the server that both be very hot and not left sitting around, If either come out cold, they are sent back......without asking for a replacement or substitution.....fear of the whole spitting conspiracy that supposedly happens when food is sent back.

      Not freezing cold or room temperature, but frozen treats must be allowed to warm a bit to 0* or above to taste the flavors of the treats. Anything below and the the tongue cannot taste the product as the taste buds are rendered useless.

      1. im_nomad Dec 13, 2008 10:24 AM

        I actually prefer my bagels to be cooled off a bit before eating them, because I eat them with cream cheese, which I prefer to be cool on top of it, not melted.

        I'll eat fries that have cooled off sure. Frozen, no. And yes, I would not be too proud to reheat them in the microwave.

        I'm not a fan of extreme temps in any event. Beverages I don't even like ice cold or scalding hot. My mother eats soup scalding hot, and is often dissappointed in restaurants because it's not hot enough.

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          gordeaux Dec 13, 2008 10:45 AM

          cold french fries left over from last night's takeout bbq feast. If they have been soaked in bbq sauce, then well, you just don't know what you're missing.

          Most fruits except bananas. Ice cold. The colder the better. Especially apples and oranges.

          Piping hot - Most batter fried or breaded items.

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          1. re: gordeaux
            dolores Dec 13, 2008 02:24 PM

            >>cold french fries left over from last night's takeout bbq feast. If they have been soaked in bbq sauce,


            Cold french fries, cold pizza, cold macaroni, washed down with a healthy serving of ice cream and a Manhattan.


            1. re: dolores
              Passadumkeg Dec 13, 2008 03:05 PM

              Sorry D, but I don't think a Manhattan is appropriate with cold French fries, pizza or macaroni. Wouldn't a pinot griggio, sautaurne or a zinfandel compliment the cool bland favors better? A Manhanttan just wouldn't cut the grease.

              1. re: Passadumkeg
                dolores Dec 24, 2008 12:59 PM

                Just got here, Passadumkeg, sorry.

                Well, I like a Manhattan with everything, but I was being facetious, just a little, about the ice cream and the drink. While I could see having a Manhattan in the restaurant with the fries, I wouldn't be looking to drink anything with them cold.

                I was eating cold pierogies today, and ate them drinkless.

              2. re: dolores
                MEH Dec 14, 2008 01:43 PM

                Well, maybe not the Manhattan. But, I'm on board with everything else! Cold pizza for breakfast is a classic in my world!


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              queencru Dec 13, 2008 12:34 PM

              I don't like cold/frozen coffee/tea drinks at all. I want coffee and tea to be hot or at least lukewarm. I also prefer hot/warm soup and don't care for cold soups.

              I am a fry reheater myself- no reason to waste perfectly good fries when they can easily be put into the microwave.

              I don't mind cool bagels at all, but sometimes I eat them non-toasted. I don't like anything with that "just-out-of-the-fridge" sogginess, but otherwise it's find. On the breakfast front, I cannot stomach cold muffins. You know, the kind that seem like they just came out of the fridge and are soggy in the middle? Gross!

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                cstr Dec 13, 2008 02:21 PM

                Cold FF's, never, I have a hard time finding hot FF's that are edible.

                1. Scargod Dec 13, 2008 03:41 PM

                  NO. Yes, I reheat fries in the microwave. I like ice cream cold. Chips at room temperature. Stupid question....

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                  1. re: Scargod
                    c oliver Dec 14, 2008 04:31 PM

                    I'll reheat fries in regular oven, 350 for about 10 minutes. Maybe some red pepper flakes sprinkled on.

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                    Cathy Dec 14, 2008 05:16 PM

                    I refry in butter the next morning, add some eggs and whatever else strikes my fancy from the fridge and have breakfast...

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                      Lucia Dec 14, 2008 05:18 PM

                      I definitely prefer french fries that are fresh out of the fryer, but I can always eat french fries.
                      Cooked fish and poached eggs are unappetizing to me when they've gotten too cool.

                      On the opposite end of the spectrum, I like my ice cream to be a little melty and have put too-hard ice cream in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up before eating.

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                      1. re: Lucia
                        bubbles4me Dec 14, 2008 06:37 PM

                        So cannot re-heat fries or eat them when they have gotten cold...icks me right out so those have to be at the very least warm.
                        Eggs have to be warm....unless they are deviled or hard boiled...cold-ish fried or scrambled eggs...no can do.
                        Always reheat the pizza...cheese warm and melty is a must for me.
                        Grilled Cheese must be warm
                        Fried chicken must be hot from the frier for me...can't gag it down cold, (icky fat layer) and re-heating rarely works to my liking.
                        Hamburgers...gotta be warm

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                        fallingup Dec 22, 2008 05:39 PM

                        I'll eat cold fries. I don't like the hot crispy kind. I like the hot, soggy kind the best. But I'm weird and like soggy foods in general...like cereal, which a lot of people only like crunchy, I like it best when it turns to mush.

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                        1. re: fallingup
                          missfunkysoul Dec 24, 2008 09:49 AM

                          i'm with you on the cereal - it doesn't appeal to me until it's sat out a bit and has gotten mushy.

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                          carey24 Dec 23, 2008 09:38 AM

                          no way. I won't even eat them if they've been delivered and they're soggy from being in the styrofoam for so long. They must be burn-the-roof-off-my-mouth hot and crispy.

                          Pizza can be any temperature, left out for days, cold, hot, whatever. I'll eat it anytime too, 6am, lunch, dinner, whenever.

                          1. danhole Dec 23, 2008 11:25 AM

                            Cold french fries, hmm, let's see . . .

                            I would only eat them for some cash
                            I think they need to be in the trash
                            They are as nasty as can be
                            Get those things away from me!

                            Cold pizza, coffee, and fried chicken are fine by me, but not those french fries!

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                              laliz Dec 23, 2008 12:15 PM

                              I like a lot of things cold (pizza, spaghetti, mac n cheese, meatloaf, roast beast, chicken) but not french fries (or french toast) or fish ~~ not at all. Must have a thing about F foods

                              1. cuccubear Dec 24, 2008 09:36 AM

                                I'll eat cold french fries, but only the thicker steak fries, not shoestring fries. If they're done right, the thick ones seem to stay a little crispier on the outside and retain more of the potato flavor.

                                I generally like my food hot, but not so hot I can't taste it. I've been known to put an ice cube in a bowl of soup to cool it down. Two things I don't want to eat cold are:
                                pie or mashed potatoes.

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                                  missfunkysoul Dec 24, 2008 09:47 AM

                                  i'll eat just about anything cold, even right out of the fridge... much to my husband's disgust. which might be part of the appeal :)

                                  french fries are amazing no matter what, cold, soggy, smushy, doesn't matter. i loves me some fries.

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                                  1. re: missfunkysoul
                                    dolores Dec 24, 2008 01:03 PM

                                    Same here, missfunkysoul. Unless it's covered in cold congealed grease, I don't have the time or patience to wait for it to heat up. I eat my toast cold and my coffee day old.

                                    Lucia, same here. I put entire containers -- I almost slipped and said half gallons -- in the microwave and then spoon around the outside of the container until I get to the still hardened inner core and that tells me I've eaten enough. For the moment.

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                                    chef4hire Dec 24, 2008 01:11 PM

                                    I'm a room temp girl for a lot of things, including:

                                    pasta (including lasagna and parms)
                                    fried chicken

                                    fries, though, must be super hot & crispy

                                    bagels must be super crispy but room temp, so my cream cheese doesn't slide off

                                    1. Bill Hunt Dec 24, 2008 07:01 PM

                                      Re FF's, yes, though I do prefer them warm to hot.

                                      In general terms, I am probably more of a "room temp" guy, but then I eat slowly and talk to my table mates, so it's seldom a problem.


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