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The Most Brilliant Way To Reheat Leftover French Fries

Fry or die.
Plates of french fries in diner setting.
Plates of french fries in diner setting.

As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Taste will focus the entire month of July on simple ways you can reduce food waste in your own home.

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes we have leftover fries. They’re usually just a sad reminder of what once was, never to return to their former glory. In other words, cold fries are the worst. And it’s really hard to reheat French fries to make them good again ― forums have been written about it. But it is possible, and you should never throw them out. You just have to be willing to fry them again.

We’re not talking deep-frying. You don’t need vats of oil. Just a couple of tablespoons, a good skillet (preferably cast iron) and medium-high heat. Cook them until they’re warmed through and crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Don’t ― we repeat ― don’t overcrowd the pan. You don’t want to risk steaming the fries into a soggy mess.

This method is definitely worth the effort. And once you’ve done that, consider topping your reheated fries with some fresh herbs, spices, cheese or guacamole. Or all of the above. Here are some ideas:

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