1. Are your Belgian fries already fried?
Yes, (nearly) all Belgian fries are parfried in vegetable oil. Parfrying is a hot, fast, frying method that prepares the product for the cooking instructions as noted on the package. All of Belgian fries require additional preparation/cooking prior to eating : they are not considered “Ready to Eat”.
2. Which potato variety do we use for our real Belgian fries?
Bintje has been the favourite variety for generations of Belgians to prepare their home fries. This variety is over 100 years old, but still has everything to result into a light yellow flesh, golden, crispy and tasteful Belgian fry. However, other potato varieties are also becoming popular, because they enrich the variety of Belgian fries (length, colour, taste). On top of this, more varieties means the risks for farmers and industry is spread, because all potato varieties have different agricultural features which is also results in more biodiversity.
3. How do we fry our frozen Belgian fries in the best possible way ?
Belgian fries have to be fried in oil. Belgians love the authentic taste of fries fried in beef fat. However, also alternative more healthy vegetable fats or oils are available for home or out of home preparation.
When enjoying quality Belgian fries, keep the frying time and oil temperature in mind. More information on frying instructions can be found on the packaging or on the website www.goodfries.eu. And remember, also Belgian fries are better when they have a nice golden yellow colour.
4. Are your frozen Belgian fries pre-cooked?
Frozen Fries are “ blanched “ , similar to most frozen vegetables . The aim is to have the fries conserved over a long time on a “ natural way “ by freezing them and storing them at low temperature ( - 18 ° C max . ). Attention : none of these frozen products are considered “Ready to Eat” : additional preparation/cooking prior to eating is necessary. More information on cooking instructions can be found on the packaging.
5. Is it safe to consume frozen Belgian fries after the labelled best use by date?
For best results and taste, it is not recommended to consume frozen Belgian fries after the best use by date.
6. Can I cook my Belgian fries in the oven or microwave?
Consumers or food service companies should follow the cooking instructions on the packaging. For some of the Belgian potato products, the packaging does list the oven as an acceptable method for cooking.
However, most Belgian fries are not designed to be microwaved and, as with all cooking methods, need to be fully cooked for food safety and quality. The microwave does not brown/crisp. In addition, due to varying wattage of microwaves, an exact cooking time to yield food safety and quality has not been determined. Microwaving too little can result in soggy/uncooked product and too long can result in dry/hard product.
7. Can I find ‘real Belgian fries’ are over the world?
Yes you can ! Belgium is the largest exporter of frozen fries and the tasteful fries can be enjoyed all over the world. Of course ‘real Belgian fries’ have to be produced in Belgium, the land of the fries ! This is why the ‘real Belgian fries’ are made from locally grown potatoes and after they are washed, peeled, cut, prefried and frozen, they are exported all over the world.
8. Is it safe to consume frozen Belgian fries after the labelled best buy date?
For best results and taste, it is not recommended to consume frozen Belgian fries after the best buy date.
9. Which fries can be called ‘real Belgian fries’?
‘Real Belgian fries’ are based on a rich tradition : Belgium has been called by many the ‘land of the fries’. The main reason is the existence of the rich potato and fry tradition and the fact that all Belgians like to enjoy ‘a cone-shaped pack of fries, topped with mayonnaise’. Everywhere in the country one can find ‘frituries’ where everybody is queuing for their fries, enjoying social contacts with each other in the meantime.
Although Belgium has a complex political structure with 3 languages, 3 regions and 3 communities, all Belgians agree on one thing : their ‘real Belgian fries’.
Belgian fries are also consumed at home : fresh peeled potatoes cut in fries, refrigerated or frozen prefried fries : they all find their way to the home deep fryer to result into a happy family.
10. Are ‘real Belgian fries’ safe and sustainable ?
Yes they are ! Potatoes are grown by farmers with a Vegaplan certificate. This certificate guarantees food and plant safety and sustainability. Belgian potato trade and processors dispose of food safety certificates which are controlled by the Belgian food safety agency and individual third parties. Sustainability guidelines are being followed and the sector and its companies invest into corporate social responsibility projects. More information on the website : www.belgapom.be.
11. What to do when there is a problem with Belgian potato products?
In case of problems or doubt, do not hesitate to contact your supplier. In case of home consumption, the contact address of the supplier can be found on the packaging.
12. Do Belgian fries contain 'allergens'?
Belgian fries contain no ingredients containing allergens. Should this be the case it will be clearly labeled on the packaging.