Why Cold French Fries Taste So Awful
First a bit of truth to start things off. Warm beer and cold coffee are the same temperature.
There! I got that out of my system. It's funny how some foods that are usually served hot taste okay when they are cold. the best example I can thik of is pizza. Cold pizza can really be a great breakfast if you had pizza the night before, but the same can't be said for all great foods and one of those exceptions is french fries.
Now, I don't know about you, but as far as I'm concerned, french fries are one of the basic food groups. I could eat french fries every day of my life and be perfectly happy. I guess that french fries were sort of a comfort food when I was a kid. I can remember my mom making a big batch of french fries from time to time and it was a treat I always loved.
Of course they weren't out of a bag. My mom peeled and cut the potatoes herself and even cooked them in Crisco. yeah, I know about all the new agey thinking about Crisco being bad for you and all that, but french fries just taste better when they are cooked in Crisco.
As great as those french fries were, once they became cold, it was time to toss them out. Not that there were ever any left over to toss out. Why is it that a food that tastes so good hot can be such a drag when they are cold. Well, modern science has answered that question in an article I found in Live Science.
According to the article:
When French fries are hot, the starch inside is retaining water, which makes them taste great. But once they cool down, that water evaporates . . . and the taste goes with it.
Now that they mention it, when fries are cold they do kind of shrivel up and get all wrinkly.
Of course, even though I know cold french fries don't taste all that good, I've been known to devour them. I don't consume them with the same relish I do when they are hot, but, as I said, french fries are one of the major food groups.