McDonald’s is revealing how a potato makes it from the farm to the fast food joint.
A new video chronicles the plants’ journey to become the tasty fried strip and aims to quash the rumors circulating about where the restaurant chain actually gets its food.
Scott Gibson, who works for McDonald’s Canada, stepped forward to explain the process and set the story straight.
“We’ve received so many questions about our french fries we thought we’d take you on a behind the scenes tour from the farm all the way to the fryer,” Scott Gibson, who works as a manager in the supply chain of McDonald’s Canada, said.
In the five minute video on YouTube, Scott Gibson explained the process and he answered questions from customers.
The first question asked was about where the potatoes actually came from and further inquired if the tasty fries were even made from real potatoes.
Scott Gibson enlisted the help of farmer Angelo Levesque, from Levesque Family Farm, a potato supplier for McDonald’s Canada.
Cameras accompanied Angelo Levesque as his team harvested the potatoes, sorted them and then shipped them to a processing plant in nearby Grand Falls, New Brunswick.
“The process of producing a Mac fry is relatively simple,” said Mario Dupuis, the production manager at the McCain Processing Plant, where the potatoes are processed.
Upon arrival from the farm, the potatoes are received and washed to remove dirt and rocks. They are then peeled and pushed through a cutting machine where they become the standard strips.
The match-stick like strips are then pushed through a blancher, that removes the natural sugar from the fries that prevents a variation in color once they are cooked.
The strips are treated with a solution, so they retain their even coat, and lastly an ingredient is added to prevent the fries from greying during the process.
They are dried and then fried for 45 to 60 seconds.
Once cooked, they are frozen, packaged and sent to your local McDonald’s where they are fried until tasty perfection and served.