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munchkinette

Fries- Fast Food Chains

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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.

richard

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

richard

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

From http://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/gluten_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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