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May 13, 2011 03:49 PM

Do you like cold french fries?

If you do, how do you enjoy them?

I've got a big bag of french fries, actually two that were combined into one, from The Hat (a greasy spoon out in Los Angeles, that have sat overnight in the fridge.

They're perfectly fine except that they are cold and I enjoy my fries piping hot, or at least just hot.

Ketchup was not enough to make these palatable.

Neither was ranch dressing.

And even my last resort of pairing them with a big bowl of hot chili was a no-go.

So if you do like cold french fries, how do you make them palatable?

(Note: please no suggestions for reheating them ... not my cup of tea).


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  1. The way I like them, is in the garbage can. There is no way to make them palatable. FFs only have a life-span of around 20 minutes, after that, they are sea gull food, nothing more.

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      1. re: arktos

        I never keep left over french fries. That said so far the only fries I can eat cold, and by that I mean room temp, are BK fries and curly fries.

        1. re: arktos

          What about a garbage plate? It's usually served hot, but I can see cold fries, cold macaroni salad, a couple burgers and hot chili sauce being a great combination of hot and cold.

          1. re: JungMann

            What pray tell is a "garbage plate"?

            1. re: BelovedofIsis

              Generally, a Rochester, NY (or maybe all of East Coast) diner item.


              1. re: ipsedixit

                I think it's specific to Rochester. I've only seen it once outside the area at a Rochester bar in NYC.

                1. re: JungMann

                  I saw it on a menu in Cincinnati, right next to the options for Cincinnati Chilii

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    ...and a five-way ain't that far from a garbage plate....

        2. Why not re-heat? Has to be better than cold!

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          1. re: eatswjoy

            i agree with arktos....any fast food fries...have to be hot..

            the only fries i will attempt to reheat are Outbacks cheese/bacon fries...nuke them -then cover in the remaining ranch dressing...

          2. i can't wrap my brain around the idea of cold fries being even remotely enjoyable no matter what you do to them. but instead of reheating them by themselves, if you're willing to repurpose them in something else that requires cooking/heating, you might find something here:

            1. Chop them up and make a breakfast skillet (with egg) in your cast iron skillet. Sausage, onion, garlic, parsley, red pepper....add the poached egg...a squirt of sriracha. Oh yeah.

              Cold fries just suck.

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              1. re: sedimental

                that's about the only way I've ever heard to even try to salvage cold fries.

                I'm with the ones who just pitch 'em.

                (tried to resuscitate Five Guys fries by putting them under the broiler -- they went in the trash, too. Bummer, as I *love* me some FG fries.)

              2. I try really hard to never "Yuck on someone else's yum", but no way. Ick.