National French Fry Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & How to celebrate the National French Fry Day

National French Fry Day 2020 is observed on 13 July 2020 to recognize the most popular fast food around the world and its opportunity to taste the different varieties of french fries. Get more information about the history of the National French Fry Day, facts, quotes, and how to celebrate the National French Fry Day 2020 from this article.  

Niranjani | Updated Jul 11, 2020 15:49 PM

National French Fry Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & How to celebrate the National French Fry Day

National French Fry Day 2020

National French Fry Day is celebrated on July 13 of every year across the country. National French Fry Day 2020 is dedicated to french fries lovers and even diet followers can also take this day as an excuse and enjoy some fries. This National French Fry Day is the perfect day to eat the favourite starter as much as one wants.

French Fries, which are otherwise known as chips, fries, finger chips or fried potatoes. The term fries refers to the elongated pieces of chips from fried potatoes. They are served hot, either crispy or soft, with a massive variety of seasonings such as ketchup, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese, ranch dressing, vinegar and much more. Sweet potatoes also make delicious fries as a healthier alternative, and accompany many dishes on menus throughout the region. According to estimates Americans eat about 20 to 30 pounds per person per year.

What is the history of National French Fry Day?

The creator and the history of National French Fry Day is not known. In Belgium, French fries were most likely invented, not France. French fries were produced between Dinant and Liège in Belgium in the late seventeenth century, in the Meuse valley. It was here that they mostly ate small fried fish. The river froze to a thickness when the weather was particularly harsh, making it difficult to catch fish.

It was then that potatoes started to be cut in long strips similar to fish and began to be fried instead. This story is supported by the fact that at the time, Spain dominated some of Belgium and it was Spain that introduced potatoes to the land. Some believe that up until the eighteenth century , French fries were not created in Belgium.

In 1802, Thomas Jefferson was served by potatoes in the French way by his chef Frenchman Honoré Julien. Chef described them as ‘potatoes deep-fried.’ According to the American Food and Drink Encyclopedia, ‘French’ does not refer to the country but rather to a cutting method called ‘frenching,’ in which potatoes are cut into narrow strips.

 French fries were introduced to the non-European world by US fast food restaurants. French fries were introduced to the non-European region by US fast food restaurants. They are known in France as ‘pommes frites,’ in Spain they are called as ‘patatas fritas,’ and in the UK they are known as ‘chips.’ Many types are baked and come in odd shapes like crinkles, curls, waffles, or tornado cut.

How to observe the National French Fry Day?

French Fries are found mostly in fast-food restaurants and most adults and children will love it. On this National French Fry Day, visit a favourite restaurant and have a big bucket of french fries with your friends. Even, some restaurants offer special deals on this day, don't miss it. Some of the ideas to enjoy the day are

  • Try out different varieties of fries recipe and enjoy with your family

  • Learn some tips and tricks for the perfect crunchy fries

  • Host a party, invite friends and have different types of fries

  • Use #NationalFrenchFryDay on social media and share your celebration of French Fry Day

French fries - Facts

  • From the 1850s to the 1930s, French fries in America were more illustratively known as ‘French fried potatoes.’ All removed the ‘potatoes’ at the end in the 1930's and simply named them French fries

  • In addition, leaving the potato skin on French fries leaves in essential vitamins which are lost when the skins are peeled away

  • Because of the lower surface to volume ratio, steak fries, or chips, generally appear to have lower fat content than regular French fries

  • The slang term ‘spud’ for potato originates from the spade-like tool used to harvest the potatoes

  • Americans eat more than 16 pounds of French fries a year, amounting to more than 2 million tons

  • McDonald's uses about 7 percent of the potatoes grown for his French fries in the United States. They sell more than 1/3 of all French fries sold annually in US restaurants

  • You would need to do 58 minutes of cycling, 90 minutes of bowling or 47 minutes of high impact aerobics to burn off the calories in a medium order of McDonald's French fries

  • Actual fry-tasting rooms are available at the McDonald's Illinois headquarters

  • In Belgium, there is a French fry museum named “Frietmuseum”

French fries - Quotes

“Show me a person who doesn't like french fries and we'll swap lies.” - Joan Lunden

"Even if I'm eating healthy, I let myself indulge with french fries. That's my favorite thing. You only live once!" - Kate Mara

"I have ten bucks in my pocket - what to spend it on? French fries - ten dollars' worth of french fries, ultimate fantasy." - Laurie Halse Anderso

"The problem is that we let special-occasion food become everyday food. That goes for soda and french fries." - Michael Pollan

"I try to have no absolute nos. I love french fries, I like a good burger, and I like pie. And that's okay." - Michelle Obama

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National French Fry Day 2020 - FAQ

1. Who invented French fries?

The French fry's origins were traced back to Belgium, where historians say potatoes were fried in the late 1600's.


2. Do you have to soak potatoes before frying?  

Rinse them in cold water before frying potatoes to extract starch which may cause the potatoes to stick together during frying. Some minutes before cooking soak the potatoes in salt water for crispier potatoes.


3. Where do french fries get their name?  

During World War I, American soldiers serving in Belgium were first introduced to French fries. As the Belgian army's official language was French, soldiers called the tasty fried potatoes ‘French fries.’


4. Why are Belgian fries so good?

The quality of Belgian frites is very important, and the final result depends on before cooking temperature. Until frying, the fries can't be frozen or too soft, because they need the perfect balance to ensure they 're crispy and delicious once fried.