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Anne Erickson


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We’ve all been there. You order a delicious fast food meal, but by the time you go to eat it, it’s not hot anymore. Even worse, the fast food fries aren’t hot anymore.

To be properly consumed, French fries really need to be warm. I know some people who consume them cold, but it really makes my stomach churn just thinking about it. Cold fries are simply gross!

So, what is the best way to keep fast food fries warm? Read on for some tips on how to keep your fast food fries warmer, longer, and dig in.

Note that if food gets too cold or lukewarm for too long, bacteria can form, which is no good and can cause you to get sick. As my grandma used to say, when it doubt, throw it out!

Store Your Fast Food in the Microwave

If you get home with your bag of fast food but don’t have time to eat it right away, don’t just set it on the counter and call it good. Put it in the microwave. No, you’re not going to reheat it. The microwave is insulated, so if you store the fast food in there, still in its packaging, it will stay warm longer. It may sound odd, but it does help. Easy as can be!

Let Your Car Help

If you have heated seats in your car, you’re golden when it comes to keeping your fast food warm. If nobody is in your passenger seat, simply plop your fast food packages in the passenger seat and crank up the heat. You can do the same thing with cold food items and cooled seats. Sure, fancy, temperature-controlled car seats weren’t meant for this, but rules are there to be broken, right?

Here’s a Twitter user who found this tip extremely helpful:

Get Insulated

If you’re regularly going to be grabbing fast food and traveling long distances, you’d be wise to invest in an insulated container meant for warm food– or two. If you really don’t want to make the long-term commitment to purchasing a fancy insolated container, you can actually make your own! Simply line the inside of a cooler with aluminum foil. While a cooler is supposed to keep items cold, you can also use it to keep foods hot. Use a double layer of aluminum foil to line the inside of the cooler, and the aluminum will keep the heat inside your cooler.

Side note: When it comes to keeping French fries warm, that can come at a cost of crispiness. If you care more about having crisp fries, we actually recommend opening up the packaging a bit and letting some air escape. Sure, that will cause the fries to get cold sooner, but if you keep fries enclosed in their packaging too long, you’re going to end up with some soggy fries. If there’s one thing I dislike more than cold fries, it’s soggy fries, but that’s just me. In a perfect world, you’ll be able to grab your fast food order and go to town on it before too much time passes for optimum enjoyment!

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at and tweet at her @AnneErickson!