There's nothing quite like McDonald's French fries straight from the fryer - they're moist-yet-crunchy, deliciously fresh tasting and almost too hot to eat. The same can't be said of older batches. To put it bluntly, they taste like cheap, soggy cardboard with some salt sprinkled on top. If you're unlucky enough to order at the wrong time, this can seriously impact your enjoyment of the meal.
Fortunately, it's not difficult to get a fresh batch of McDonald's fries every single time - and you don't need to employ wily subterfuge or menu 'hacks' to get it. Instead, just ask at the counter.
The above tip comes from an actual McDonald's staff member who became sick and tired of customers requesting "no salt" on their fries in an attempt to score a fresh serve. Yes, people really do this.
The idea behind this strategy is that salt-free fries must be made to order, as the existing batch have already been salted. In reality, this is completely unnecessary and is likely to piss off the staff.
"There's a 90% chance that you read some 'life hack' on Reddit that says to get fresh fries just ask for no salt," the McDonald's staff member explains. "[This means] the fry person will need to wipe down the station, the fry scoop, and clear the area to keep salt from contaminating the new batch. They might not even fill up your container as full due to this fuss."
Instead, the staff member recommends just asking that your fries be made fresh. McDonald's will be more than happy to comply with your order. You might have to wait another five minutes or so, but the payoff will definitely be worth it.
Now before anyone points it out in the comments, the above tip came from a McDonald's employee based in the US. However, I've personally found McDonald's in Australia to be even more accommodating then its American counterpart. You don't even have to ask politely over here. (But it's good karma, so do it anyway.)
You can check out more McDonald's ordering tips below. Alternatively, here's how to make your own McDonald's fries at home:
McDonald's employees know their food inside and out - including products they personally avoid like the plague. They are also trained to help every type of customer reach a purchasing decision. Here are five of their best ordering tips - for frugal, fussy and indecisive eaters.
This story has been updated since its original publication.