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AIBU to wonder why frozen oven fries always end up soggy

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Wrinkley Mon 16-Jan-17 18:19:10

Despite following the cooking instructions? Has anyone got any good tips to ensure crispy fries?

HTKB Mon 16-Jan-17 18:20:21

McCain Gorgeous Fries. Crispy!

redfairy Mon 16-Jan-17 18:23:00

Make sure your oven is thoroughly preheated. Don't crowd your chips on the tray because the heat won't circulate freely. Shake tray periodically through cooking time. I recommend Aunt Bessie's chips.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Mon 16-Jan-17 18:24:47

They need spreading out a good bit, well, the big chunky type ones. We've recently had the quick cook McCain fries, they're nice, they don't need so much spreading out.

SilverDragonfly1 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:25:05

Do them in the top of the oven, nice and hot, for a couple more minutes than suggested.

NapQueen Mon 16-Jan-17 18:26:07

Oh I was going to suggest McCain too. Normally I'm a store brand lover. But no oven chips are nice apart from McCain.

Oven not too hot either.

icelollycraving Mon 16-Jan-17 18:26:20

McCain. V hot oven,spread out on s preheated tray for longer than they say.

BusterGonad Mon 16-Jan-17 18:26:33

Mine always end up crunchy and beyond the pale 😂

jigster01 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:27:09

Best chips I've cooked are tesco own home fries...really crispy ...couldn't get to tesco other day so bought iceland triple cooked chips ,even better !!! None of them ever take 20 mins though...more like 45mins ,worth it though

GooodMythicalMorning Mon 16-Jan-17 18:27:44

Yep agreed main ones. Crispy fries. But then I don't like 'fat' chips anyway.

19lottie82 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:28:06

I always find you need to cook them for a few minutes longer than the packet says. As advised pre heat oven, don't over crowd tray and give them a good shake half way through.

iremembericod Mon 16-Jan-17 18:28:44

Another vote for McCain French fries

Only oven chips that are near edible

empirerecordsrocked Mon 16-Jan-17 18:29:02

Cook then for at least 10 minutes longer than it says on the packet and whack the oven up to full blast for the last 5 minutes.

PickleSarnie Mon 16-Jan-17 18:29:11

They don't. Make sure your oven is hot enough and your chips are straight out the freezer.

My husband, despite being a decent cook, refuses to go anywhere near them because he turns them to mush.

I can't do roast potatoes/vegetables of any sort though because I have a similar curse.

WritingHome Mon 16-Jan-17 18:29:44

We like the M&S skinny fries - they turn out very crispy, but you do need to cook them longer than you think.

HermioneJeanGranger Mon 16-Jan-17 18:29:53

Preheat properly, spread them out and add a few minutes to the cooking time.

Mol1628 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:32:30

A chip tray with the holes in helps as opposed to a normal baking tray.

itsallbollocks Mon 16-Jan-17 18:32:57

Dh drizzles a little oil on them, shakes them throughout the cooking time, and leaves them in the oven for about 40 minutes. He likes crispy chips, and I haven't got the knack.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 16-Jan-17 18:36:28

Too close together.

Oven too cool or not preheated properly.

Not enough coking time or people opening the door bloody DH.

Not moved around enough.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 16-Jan-17 18:37:23

Coking time? Don't do drugs and cook. Bad combination.

roseteapot101 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:37:40

i find fries have a universal cooking time 220 in a pre heated oven 15mins turn over 15mins done if i paid attention to the instructions soggy fries .weird

SparklyFuckingBusinessFairy Mon 16-Jan-17 18:37:51

Oven hotter than it says, cook for longer than it says, agree with PP who says whack oven up to max for last few minutes.

Smother with cheese to make up for the loss of fat in the oven chips and enjoy smile

EveOnline2016 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:38:10

www.amazon.co.uk/zizzi-Quickachips-Oven-Chips-Tray/dp/B00A49OTRW

It what I use as the heat circulates and crisps them up.

Easy to wash after as well.

Abraiid2 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:40:21

Thanks for that, Eve.

Oven chips are gf and my coeliac son likes them but they can be a pain to cook. Off to check out your link.

Abraiid2 Mon 16-Jan-17 18:40:44

Often GF, I meant to say.

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