Taste Testing: Ore Ida Extra Crispy Crinkles

On the couple of days a week that I work out of the house all day, I often stop at the grocery store on my lunch break, in search of something new to try to eat. You never know what you may stumble upon or what may catch your eye. Today I saw Ore Ida Extra Crispy Crinkles, which are fries that you can make in the microwave. For $1.50ish, I figured why not?

I flashed back to my childhood. Fries were always highly coveted. My mother would occasionally pick up fast food for us and inevitably eat half of the fries before she got home. We always begged her to just get her own, but she always insisted that she didn’t want any. It made me crazy! But we tried not to make too much of a big deal out of it, because having fast food was actually a treat. If we complained too much, we wouldn’t be able to have it at all.

Sometimes she would even buy us fries that we could make at home. But the kind that you made in the oven were never quite crispy enough. And forget about the Ore Ida fries that you could buy for the microwave. Yes, we got them, because we just needed to fill that craving on occasion. And no matter what you did, they always came out horribly soggy. So I momentarily hesitated. But surely after 20+ years, they would have figured out how to make this work now, right?

Cooking Ore Ida Extra Crispy Crinkles

Behold the double-sided heating element thingie, or whatever you want to call it. The crispers are on both the top and the bottom of the box.


The instructions insist that you must make sure that you shove that top part down into the box, so that both sides of the crisper are touching the fries. That’s the only way to guarantee that they crisp up nicely. So okay, here’s my proof that I did it.

You cook them for four minutes and then let them sit for another minute to keep on crisping. I did just as instructed. I pulled them out, expectations high. And then I saw this. They looked wet. Soggy. Flashbacks to my childhood. And I felt sad.

Taste Testing Ore Ida Extra Crispy Crinkles

I took them into the office to try. And yes, they were sad, limp, soggy fries. They even tasted the same as when I was a kid, which isn’t saying much. I had no ketchup for dipping – and believe me, they needed it – but I still had a couple of extra Horsey sauces laying around from an Arby’s run my boss made a few weeks ago.

Horsey sauce on fries is something I’d never before tried, but I do recommend it. They certainly helped out these fries, so I am sure they would be fabulous on fries I actually thought tasted good.

So yes, Ore Ida Extra Crispy Crinkles still are not much better than they were approximately 20 or so years ago. Honestly, if these are supposed to be the extra crispy ones, I am scared of what regular ones would be like. Now, I do know that there is another version that they dub extra crispy. Perhaps something in the crinkles caused a problem. Maybe I actually did something wrong in the cooking process, though I did read the instructions carefully. Maybe I will try again one of these days. Stay tuned.

September Food Holiday Observances

Are you looking for some inspiration in the kitchen? Looking for some food prep or units to do in the classroom or for homeschooling? I have collected the September food holiday observances from around the web to give you some inspiration. If I have a particular collection put together, it is already linked, with more to come. Please share some of your favorite recipe collections in the comments! Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas.

September Food Holiday Monthly Observances

September is Better Breakfast Month. Who isn’t always in search of a tasty new breakfast idea? A couple of my favorites I have shared in the past include Pound Cake French Toast and the Maple Bacon Donut. And of course, a fancy breakfast just isn’t the same without mimosas. I love mimosas.

It’s also Honey Month. Honey has so many uses and is so good for you. Same with papaya, as it is National Papaya Month.

September is also National Chicken Month, which makes me happy, because I love chicken. And then you have to have the accompanying mashed potatoes, because it is National Potato Month. And I guess if potatoes aren’t your thing, then you can just enjoy National Rice Month. And then you can add in your Whole Grains Month celebrations and top it all off with National Mushroom Month.

Harvest season means an abundance of fruits and vegetables, so of course we celebrate Fruits and Veggies: More Matters. Keep your focus on health with Family Meals Month, Hunger Action Month, National Food  Safety Month, Food Allergy Awareness Month, and Childhood Obesity Month observances.

Finally, it is National Blueberry Popsicle Month. Did you know that was even a thing? There are all kinds of recipes out there. Check out the post I did over at My Crafty Life for 20 of them.

But my favorite September food holiday observances would have to be California Wine Month and National Bourbon Month.  😀

September Food Holiday Weekly Observances

First Week in September – Celebrate National Waffle Week! Because it’s also chicken month, you should check out my favorite Chicken and Waffles.

Second Week in September –  It’s Biscuit and Gravy Week and Vegetarian Awareness Week.

Fourth Week in September – National Wild Rice Week

September Food Holiday Daily Observances

You can find at least one food to celebrate each day in September. Which ones are you looking forward to?

September 1 – National Cherry Popover Day

September 1 – National Gyro Day

September 2 – National “Grits for Breakfast” Day

September 2 – National Blueberry Popsicle Day (Whether it is a monthly observance or a daily observance depends on the source.)

September 2 – International Bacon Day (The date changes yearly, as it falls on the Saturday before Labor Day.)

September 3 – National Welsh Rarebit Day

September 3 – National Baby Back Ribs Day

September 4 – National Macadamia Nut Day

September 5 – National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6 – National Coffee Ice Cream Day

September 7 – National Salami Day

September 7  – National Acorn Squash Day

September 8  – National Beer Lover’s Day

September 8 – National Date Nut Bread Day

September 9 – National “I Love Food” Day

September 9 – Wiener Schnitzel Day

September 10 – National Hot Dog Day – Try traditional Ballpark Hot Dogs with Grilled Onions and Peppers. Or for something different, go for Hot Dog Stuffed Pitas. 

September 10 – TV Dinner Day

September 11 –  National Hot Cross Bun Day

September 12 – National Chocolate Milkshake Day

September 13 – Fortune Cookie Day

September 13 – National Peanut Day

September 13 – Snack a Pickle Time

September 14 – National Cream-Filled Donut Day

September 14 – Eat a Hoagie Day

September 15 – National Double Cheeseburger Day

September 15 –  National Creme de Menthe Day

September 15 – National Linguine Day

September 16 – National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

September 16 – National Guacamole Day – Looking for a lighter version of this tasty treat? This Light Guacamole Dip mixes it with cottage cheese for a different flavor and fewer calories. Or try a new flavor with Mango Guacamole.

September 16 – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

September 16 – International Eat an Apple Day

September 17 – National Apple Dumpling Day

September 17 – National Monte Cristo Day

September 18 – National Cheeseburger Day

September 19 – National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 20 – National Pepperoni Pizza Day

September 20 – National Punch Day/National Rum Punch Day

September 21 – National Pecan Cookie Day

September 21 –  International Banana Festival

September 22 – National Ice Cream Cone Day

September 23 – National White Chocolate Day

September 23 – National Great American Pot Pie Day

September 24 – National Cherries Jubilee Day

September 25 – National Lobster Day

September 25  – National Food Service Workers Day

September 25 – Crab Meat Newburg Day

September 26 – National Key Lime Pie Day

September 26 – National Pancake Day

September 27 – National Chocolate Milk Day

September 27 –  National Corned Beef Day

September 28 – National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

September 28  – National Drink Beer Day

September 29 –  National Coffee Day

September 29 – National Mocha Day

September 30 – National Mulled Cider Day

So which holidays are you looking forward to celebrating the most this September? Let us know in the comments below!

Resources:

Foodimentary

Food Reference

Holiday Insights

The Nibble

Other Monthly Food Holiday Observances:

January * February * March * April * May * June * July * August * September * October * November * December

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