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Please hack my french fry question?

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Created December 21, 2010 at 9:45 PM

We have quit a bit of restaurants around us that serve french fries cooked in either duck fat or olive oil. I know most paleoites say that potatoes aren't paleo, but I think one can argue that they are an ok choice. With that said, if these delicious starches are cooked in delicious "healthy" fats like duck fat or olive oil, then what are your thoughts on consuming them on occasion? I'm not talking everyday, but if you need your fry fix once in a while...

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on February 18, 2011
at 08:10 AM

Hi Melissa, last weekend I went to this place on the north side: http://www.thefrontierchicago.com/ Frontier. It just opened up. Their french fries are fried in duck fat, and they also offer *entire animals* for dinner -- you just have to call ahead. Menu's not on the site yet. Food was good, but the portions were too small, just like everywhere I guess.

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on February 17, 2011
at 09:49 PM

why not often? .

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on December 31, 2010
at 11:29 PM

Evander strikes again.

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on December 22, 2010
at 01:56 AM

to clarify, this is because frying goes way higher than the smoke point of olive oil and oxidizes it, taking a good fat and turning it into rancid poison.

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on December 22, 2010
at 01:52 AM

There's one in Chicago! It's not horribly far from me either. PALEO FIELD TRIP!

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:45 PM

Paleo solution FTW! +1!

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:31 PM

Tallow rules. Spuds too.

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:09 PM

"Evander, you can have 5 fries"..... excellent.

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47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:11 PM

Deep frying in olive oil is not such a good idea.

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on December 22, 2010
at 01:56 AM

to clarify, this is because frying goes way higher than the smoke point of olive oil and oxidizes it, taking a good fat and turning it into rancid poison.

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:01 PM

You can have 5 fries. :)

My take, if you've got the hankering, go ahead and get them. I don't think it's the best thing to eat, so really could limit to your cheat days. However, don't kill yourself depriving yourself (unless you can't control yourself and eat like 10 pounds at a seating).

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:45 PM

Paleo solution FTW! +1!

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on December 21, 2010
at 10:09 PM

"Evander, you can have 5 fries"..... excellent.

7a1d67d93f254b982e0be4e54086cb4a

(415)

on December 31, 2010
at 11:29 PM

Evander strikes again.

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:29 PM

I fry all my potatoes (fingerlings, red) in tallow. IMO duck fat is just too good for fries, too expensive. Id save duck fat for confit.

Never, ever, ever fry anything in olive oil.

Ever.

Ever.

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:31 PM

Tallow rules. Spuds too.

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on December 31, 2010
at 10:56 PM

I go round too, nice purple skinned spuds, soak in hot water, drain, microwave for 2 mins (per one potato, I only ever have one, a weekly 'indulgence') then fry in (home rendered) tallow, turning two or 3 times.

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on December 22, 2010
at 01:42 AM

Duck Fat fries are one of my favorite occasional going out eats. I have also used their undeniable deliciousness to introduce people to the idea that my relatively new found love for "weird" animal products isn't totally crazy or gross. I have no real interest in eliminating white potatoes from my diet, so getting them fried in a decadent fat for a pretty good price seems like a win-win all the way around. The French-Canadian me wants to see if the restaurant could come up with a flour-free version of the duck gravy so I could indulge in the poutine as often as I am tempted to without having to suffer the gluten belly afterwards.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 22, 2010
at 01:52 AM

There's one in Chicago! It's not horribly far from me either. PALEO FIELD TRIP!

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on December 22, 2010
at 12:04 AM

i would slice them how you like them (personally, i like round instead of french fry), soak them in some water for a while, dry off really well, rub with some good lard on both sides and bake at like 400 until they are crispy- shoot them under the broiler if you want them real crunchy and browned. or, fry up in some ghee in a pan. salt those babys good, and enjoy. and dont do it often, but enjoy it when you do.

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on February 17, 2011
at 09:49 PM

why not often? .

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:11 PM

I'd really be skeptical of restaurants and their repeated use of any oil day after day in the deep fryer. Yams or potatoes grilled or sauteed in a healthy stable highly saturated fat (IMHO, olive oil is best not heated) are acceptable food. Cooked in oil that's been at high temp for a few days, not so much.

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on February 17, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Why not cut up fresh potato stix and fry em in ghee? Ghee has a very high smoke point and is almost pure saturated fat. If not ghee, then I think refined coconut oil wouldn't be such a bad idea. All it would be is extra fat calories that have basically no other nutrients, but it's got to be leagues better than frying in olive oil, which is usually about 15% poly.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 22, 2010
at 01:10 AM

Eat them if you want them, but don't try and pretend they are good for you or Paleo, really. ;) As far as "bad" things go, they aren't terrible if cooked in the duck fat, but the olive oil is bad news.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on February 18, 2011
at 08:10 AM

Hi Melissa, last weekend I went to this place on the north side: http://www.thefrontierchicago.com/ Frontier. It just opened up. Their french fries are fried in duck fat, and they also offer *entire animals* for dinner -- you just have to call ahead. Menu's not on the site yet. Food was good, but the portions were too small, just like everywhere I guess.

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:20 PM

I'd agree that "getting your fix once in a while" is a cheat day thing, but I wouldn't trick myself into thinking it's healthy or even "OK."

At best, I'd say yams or sweet potatoes fried in coconut oil or animal fat. At best. That's still something I wouldn't eat often. But when people say "potatoes," I assume they mean like russet potatoes, to which I would say "no."

Oils like olive and avocado are great, but not when they're heated, and definitely not for deep frying.

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