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French Fry Pans

We compared fries made with these special pans and those made with a regular rimmed baking sheet to determine if this was a kitchen necessity.

What We Learned

Special “French fry pans” claim to improve crispness when you bake frozen fries (and other frozen foods where a crisp exterior is desirable) by allowing hot air to circulate through perforations in the pan. We baked frozen fries on three models—all made of dark, nonstick metal—and compared them to fries cooked on a regular rimmed baking sheet. The results were not pretty: Fries bake...