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Best Frozen French Fries (moved from L.A. board)

mrshankly Mar 25, 2010 04:17 PM

Having recently read an article that revealed that Thomas Keller uses frozen french fries from a food supplier (Sysco Imperial French Fries to be exact), I was wondering if anyone knew a place in the Los Angeles area to get these French fries... or at least a high quality, frozen French fry that is worthy of praise and comparable to a traditionally cut version from a reputable restaurant. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

UPDATE: adding link to article...


  1. BiscuitBoy Apr 14, 2010 06:25 AM

    Sysco fries in keller's kitchen? Really? Who woulda thought!

    1. mrbigshotno.1 Apr 13, 2010 03:49 PM

      Excuse my humble suggestion. Get Albertson's frozen crinkle cut fries, let them thaw and come to room temp. (called "slacking" in the biz) fry in peanut oil at 385*, salt with commercial fry salt. Que Bueno!

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      1. re: mrbigshotno.1
        mrshankly Apr 13, 2010 08:00 PM

        Thanks for the tip! Does this also work with other potato products like tater tots? Or baking instead of frying?

        1. re: mrshankly
          paulj Apr 13, 2010 08:50 PM

          I'm not an expert on cooking these, but I think there is a danger of tots falling apart if they thaw before baking. At least they will be more fragile.

          1. re: mrshankly
            mrbigshotno.1 Apr 14, 2010 05:29 AM

            It won't make any difference if you bake them. Tots could fall apart, i don't really care for them.

        2. paulj Apr 13, 2010 01:27 PM

          Do you want something that you can just heat in the oven, or will you fry them? There are 3 steps to preparing french fries:
          - peal and cut
          - fry at low temperature (cooking the potato)
          - fry at high temperature (giving the crisp outside)

          Since potatoes freeze well, there shouldn't be any loss of quality if they are frozen after cutting. I don't know if it works to freeze them between the fryings or not.

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          1. re: paulj
            piccola Apr 13, 2010 06:00 PM

            I'm pretty sure commercial fries are frozen after the first frying -- though I'd be happy if someone in the food industry could confirm this.

            1. re: piccola
              A5 KOBE Apr 14, 2010 12:49 AM

              Yes, they are par-fried. So essentially, they only need to be crisped up.

            2. re: paulj
              Burger Boy Apr 13, 2010 08:31 PM

              Usually after you peel and cut you put in water to remove some starch.

            3. A5 KOBE Mar 26, 2010 12:42 AM

              Keller uses Private Reserve made by Lamb Weston.

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              1. re: A5 KOBE
                mrshankly Mar 26, 2010 01:40 PM

                Thanks KOBE!!!!

                1. re: A5 KOBE
                  ilikefood Mar 26, 2010 02:29 PM

                  Lamb Weston's retail/grocery brand name is Inland Valley but the parent company, ConAgra, doesn't list Inland Valley on their "where to buy" web page. I have no idea if the retail version is comparable to the wholesale, let alone "Private Reserve".

                  A Hamburger Today* recently posted a a taste test** between a few types of frozen fries, comparing Ore-Ida and Kroger (Ralph's/Food4Less in LA) brands. Kroger regular fries won out - same quality and taste except Ore-Ida had a a "weird after taste" @, 1/2 the price of Ore-Ida.

                  * http://aht.seriouseats.com/
                  ** http://burgerdoctor.com/frozen-french...

                  1. re: ilikefood
                    A5 KOBE Apr 11, 2010 11:56 PM

                    Private Reserve is a different product than Inland Valley, which is their retail brand.

                    You can buy LW Private Reserve by the case.


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                  New Trial Mar 26, 2010 12:17 AM

                  Surprisingly, the wonderful, garlicky french fries at JAR are cooked from frozen. Not sure whose supplying them.

                  Jar Restaurant
                  8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  1. monku Mar 25, 2010 08:10 PM

                    Interesting CH readers always diss Sysco and Keller is using their product.

                    Only ways you're going to find out who uses their fries is from Sysco and I don't think they'll tell you or someone at an LA restaurant ktichen comes forward.
                    Good luck.

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                    1. re: monku
                      Burger Boy Mar 25, 2010 09:18 PM

                      Sysco buys from the same people that you buy in the store. Sometimes they have access to stuff you can not get. I wanted to buy some Paul Pruhdome andouille and tasso and other than buying direct and paying a ton for shipping Sysco and a couple of other provision companies are the only way to get it.

                      , Diamond Bar, CA 91765

                      1. re: Burger Boy
                        monku Mar 25, 2010 09:26 PM

                        No need to tell me, tell the OP.
                        I worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years.

                        1. re: monku
                          Burger Boy Mar 25, 2010 09:38 PM

                          I was agreeing with your statement. Now if I could only get someone with a sysco account to get me some of Paul Pruhdomes sausage!

                          1. re: Burger Boy
                            kpaumer Apr 13, 2010 09:54 AM

                            Burger Boy, if you find someone with an account, in addition to the sausage, try the Oscar Mayer, 1/4 lb big beef hotdog, it is AWESOME, big, thick and juicy! You cannot find them in grocery stores they are only sold to restaurants. I am spoiled, no other hotdog comes close to their meaty flavor. Only problem is trying to find a bun that fits!

                            1. re: kpaumer
                              Burger Boy Apr 13, 2010 08:29 PM

                              I just found your bun, it is at Frisco's Baking Co. http://www.yelp.com/biz/frisco-baking... I bought some 10 inch rolls but I believe they have some 8 inchers, make sure you get the soft ones not the sourdough. Room for lots of fixins! PS Someone makes a 1/2lber, they sell the doga WIllie's Chill Grill on Victory near Western or Alameda.

                              1. re: Burger Boy
                                kpaumer Apr 14, 2010 12:43 PM

                                Thanks! But don't tease me. I live in the most "white-bread" area in Central Penn. There is NOT one decent bakery in a 20 mile radius. and Grocery store bakeries just don't cut it. I drive to Phila Reading Terminal Market for bread sometimes. So those pictures "frisco-baking" really looks awesome. Wow! a 1/2lber hotdog! Now that I'd like to see. Thanks for thinking of me!

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                      mdpilam Mar 25, 2010 06:18 PM

                      I was very impressed with the Garlic Fries at Trader Joe's.

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                      1. re: mdpilam
                        Rizza Mar 25, 2010 07:22 PM

                        I am hoping to learn something new from this post. But I too am a fan of TJ's garlic fries. Especially at 11:30pm after too much wine.

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                        whatsfordinner Mar 25, 2010 04:36 PM

                        Does Keller then re-fry them?

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