Usually Iâ€™m skeptical about things that are easy, because Iâ€™m afraid they either arenâ€™t easy or they carry some kind of sexually transmitted disease.
So I was obviously a little cynical about these Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Easy Fries I picked up from the national grocery store chain I shop at, but I figured I could take a risk since they were only a dollar.
Actually I bought two boxes of the Easy Fries because Iâ€™ve been known on occasion to mess up microwave foods. For example, Iâ€™ve caused many Hot Pockets to erupt like they were high school science fair projects. Also, Iâ€™ve burnt more bags of microwave popcorn than Iâ€™d like to admit.
When I got home from the store, I decided to make one of the boxes of Easy Fries.
When crisping microwave foods, thereâ€™s usually some kind of crisping sleeve made out of some gray material. With the Easy Fries, the entire box they came in was the crisping sleeve. A layer of the gray crisping material was on both sides of the interior of the box.
The instructions for crisping were simple. Just flip the box over, tear out the back cover of the box (which was perforated for easy removal), and take the back cover and lay it directly on top of the frozen fries. Then just stick the box in the microwave for four minutes.
After the four minutes were up, I let the box sit in the microwave for about a minute more to cool down. I canâ€™t tell you how many times Iâ€™ve burnt my fingers by accidentally touching the gray crisping material because I was so eager to eat.
When the fries were ready to eat, I found that I had a big problem. I didnâ€™t have ketchup. This was a problem because itâ€™s one of the ways I get vegetables into my diet.
Well I did without the ketchup and began eating the fries naked. (No, I wasnâ€™t naked. I meant the fries.)
The crisping results varied, with the skinnier fries being crispier than the thicker fries. As for the taste, I have to say that theyâ€™re the best tasting microwave fries Iâ€™ve ever had, but then again theyâ€™re the only microwave fries Iâ€™ve ever had. However, the taste is definitely not even close to those frozen fries made in a conventional oven.
But in this case, Iâ€™ll take speed over quality, since it takes about 25-30 minutes to make fries in a conventional oven.
Since I was slightly disappointed with the crisping results, I thought about sticking the second box I bought into the microwave for longer than the instructed four minutes. However, I didnâ€™t because I was afraid of ruining them in the microwave, or whatâ€™s slowly being called among my friends as, â€œMarvo-tizing the food.â€
Item: Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Easy Fries
Purchase Price: $1.00 (on sale)
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Cheap. Get fries in four quick minutes. Best microwave fries Iâ€™ve ever had, but then again theyâ€™re the only microwave fries Iâ€™ve ever had.
Cons: Crisping results vary. No ketchup, need to buy ketchup or steal some from the Burger King down the street.