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#16 Skylark

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 12:55 PM

I'm wondering if I should give McD's a try again. I had done research awhile back and decided that McD's fries were OK and so let my son have them (which was his absolute favorite treat). After a couple of months I saw that his improvement had stopped and thought maybe it was the fries (although it could really have been a number of other things). It is incredibly hard to tell if he has been glutened.

Hubby & I hate driving by McD's because our son asks for fries every time he sees the sign.

You could always talk to the manager at that particular store and see whether their policies about the fryers are as strict as when I worked there.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 03:01 PM

hmm...it could've been a burnt hashbrown....I didn't think of that one.

I always did love McDonald's fries...maybe because I know they're bad for you which is why they're so delish. Perhaps I'll give her another go!
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Posted 18 September 2010 - 10:13 PM

hmm...it could've been a burnt hashbrown....I didn't think of that one.

I always did love McDonald's fries...maybe because I know they're bad for you which is why they're so delish. Perhaps I'll give her another go!


I might try too...I haven't eaten anything but fries at McD's since 1986 (including on a trip where I attended a convention for three days at Hamburger University in 1990). But pre-gluten-free I would get drive-thru fries and a coke once a week. Bad for the waistline but a quick, cheap treat.
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 06:09 PM

The only place I will eat fries is Chick-Fil-A. I've recently started making my own fries and I LOVE them. It is SO easy too. I don't crave fast food fries at all any more.
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:35 AM

I'm traveling next week (Honolulu) and I'm wondering if there are any major chains that have gluten free fries. I don't usually eat them so I don't pay attention, but McDonald's and Burger King seem to be in most airports and tourist destinations.



My understanding is that the only gluten free french fry is the unprocessed french fry, ie: In N Out, & Wendy's now has natural fries too. As for how they're cooked, if you were at a place that had onion rings or other battered, fried food, I highly doubt that a fryer is dedicated to just fries unless it's openly mentioned on the gluten free portion of their menu. You could always ask the staff, but good luck communicating. I've tried to ask about gluten free french fries and the response has been: "No, we don't have free fries"! You know the saying, "Better safe than sorry",? Well, better no gluten fries than sorry!
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:41 AM

You could always talk to the manager at that particular store and see whether their policies about the fryers are as strict as when I worked there.



We used to feel sorry for ourselves at first too, then I went and purchased a small fryer. Ya, it sucks not being able to hit the drive thru, but not as bad as feeling sick. When I feel the need to do my extra mommy thing I make my boys fries, but now Wendy's has gluten free fries so we're not limited to mine or In N Outs.
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 05:26 AM

We used to feel sorry for ourselves at first too, then I went and purchased a small fryer. Ya, it sucks not being able to hit the drive thru, but not as bad as feeling sick. When I feel the need to do my extra mommy thing I make my boys fries, but now Wendy's has gluten free fries so we're not limited to mine or In N Outs.


How did you find out that Wendy's fries are gluten-free? Aren't they fried in the same fryer with something else? The Wendy's website clearly states they may be fried with gluten containing items.
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:29 AM

How did you find out that Wendy's fries are gluten-free? Aren't they fried in the same fryer with something else? The Wendy's website clearly states they may be fried with gluten containing items.


MOST Wendy's have dedicated fryers but a few don't, hence the warning at the website. Just ask.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 10:15 AM

Peter is right. McD fries are definitely done in separate fryers and usually are nowhere near the other fryers. MOST Wendy's fryers are dedicated and the fries are gluten-free. Same with BK, although the fryers are near each other so CC is more likely. Hardees (Carls) does NOT have dedicated fryers.

Just to be safe, always ask about dedicated fryers.

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Always ask, this was not the case in the McD I worked at; the nuggets were fried in the same oil, right next to the french fries.
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Posted 09 December 2010 - 01:16 PM

Adding my vote to everyone who said Five Guys and In N Out. So, so good, and since it's just straight-up potato and they don't have anything else deep-fried, you know what you're getting.
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Posted 10 December 2010 - 09:40 AM

Peter is right. McD fries are definitely done in separate fryers and usually are nowhere near the other fryers. MOST Wendy's fryers are dedicated and the fries are gluten-free. Same with BK, although the fryers are near each other so CC is more likely. Hardees (Carls) does NOT have dedicated fryers.

Just to be safe, always ask about dedicated fryers.

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I went to wendy's last night. Ordered fries, ate one and then it dawned on me to ask if anything else is cooked in their fries fryer. Yes, was there answer, chicken nuggets and something else but I didn't hear the second answer.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:25 AM

Well, I can at least clear up the McDonald's thing. I worked at sevral different McD's over the course of 10 years. The fries are made in a dedicated vat. The only other thing cooked in there are hash browns, they are handled by a dedicated fry cook. They do not sometimes use them for other things and I will tell you why. Chicken and fish and fries all have to be legally cooked at different temperatures. If they were making nuggets or chicken in the fry vats, you'd know because you wouldn't be the only one sick. There would be an outbreak of salmonella. Fries and hash are the lowest temp cookers, then there's the chicken fryers which are much higher temp and then there is the fish fryer which is an even higher temp yet. I know this because I was the manager and it was my job to check the temps 2 times per shift. I also know because I have been burnt by both the fry oil down the front of my shirt and pants and the fish oil my whole hand slipped in the vat. Which hurt worse? The FISH VAT! LOL! I can also say that when my celiac disease son eats the McD fries he gets very sick. Must be the beef flovoring which contains trace amounts of wheat. His celiac disease is a very extreme case. As for the bits n pieces of other things in the fries those are hash browns, they fall apart very easily while cooking. Hope this helps!
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:54 AM

I didn't realize that Wendy's new fries were gluten-free! Next time I go to one, I'll have to check on the dedicated fryer issue. Not so good for the diet though! I got fries recently at Penn Station twice and was ok both times. It's similar to a Five Guys situation where the only side they have is fries, and they slice the potatoes in-house.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 08:15 AM

Wendy's fries have been gluten-free for years.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 08:22 AM

Wendy's fries have been gluten-free for years.

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Only if the Wendy's is big enough and "with it" enough to have a decicated fryer.


From http://www.wendys.co...n_free_list.pdf


Natural-Cut Fries may be cooked in the same oil as Boneless Chicken Wings, Crispy Chicken Patty, Crispy Chicken Nuggets, Spicy Chicken Nuggets (where available) & Fish Fillets (where available), which contain a wheat allergen.
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