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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...

http://www.seriouseats.com/2007/03/yo...

  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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        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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            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.

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              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!!!!

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                  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.

                    http://www.foodservicedirect.com/inde...

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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.

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                  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.
                    http://www.sysco.com/products/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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                      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.

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                      Sysco
                      , 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.

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                          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!

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                              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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                        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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