McHack

Here’s a wonderful thread with fast-food workers sharing their recipe hacks (and if you doubt they’re real, check the spelling). When I worked at Ponderosa Steakhouse (wearing red-checked shirts, string ties, and cowboy hats that were all too Brokeback Mountain), all we did was bake too many rolls at the end of the night so we could have some.

Auntie Anne’s peeps – hook up some dough rolled out w/ some marinara topping and parmesan cheese. tada! pizza. try cinnamon sugar pretzels with the glazin’ raisen glaze, darn tasty. any soda + dutch ice is pretty tasty too.

Dairy Queeners – stick a fried fish fillet on the steam table to loosen the breading off. Lemon packets, salt and pepper. Microwave to heat up. now you have something half palatable.

cheese fries are an easy one – fries, cheese and bacon from the salads.

chop up some burger, throw some ketchup, mustard, and onion together and you have a sloppy joe. sorta.

Umair Haque tries to find an Edge Age lesson in this: Open source the grill!

  • Mike G

    I would grill the onions for my quarter pounder. Otherwise, though, it was pretty tough to make something novel at McDonald’s using the available ingredients– egg or canadian bacon on a burger was about as far as you could go, and you probably only tried that once.

  • Tom Gwynn

    “and if you doubt they’re real, check the spelling”

    How elitist and pompous.

  • http://ronshewchuk.blogs.com/for_your_approval/ Ron Shewchuk

    What an enormous opportunity for McDonalds to do a bit of social marketing — they could use the recipe hackers as a sort of virtual test kitchen to develop new products using their existing ingredients and cooking facilities. Stage a contest among employees. Make heros out of the winners. Increase employee engagement at the same time as you’re innovating for your customers. Woo hoo!

  • penny

    when I worked a McD’s the “cooks” would have triple and quad burgers and dunk them in ketchup….just took a bowl of ketchup like it was dip

    we did the make too many nuggets and fries at closing too…oops leftovers..and then gorged on ice cream….had to empty the machine into white buckets for the night (just to pour back in at open)

  • http://www.auntieannes.com Ryan

    Thanks for the shout out Jeff! I’m going to add something to the newsletter I edit for managers and remind them that we’re always in search of new ideas.
    Ryan Olah
    Auntie Anne’s, Inc.
    Communications

  • Mike G

    we did the make too many nuggets and fries at closing too…oops leftovers..

    My favorite was when getting your own fries, you’d put the box on the scoop, scoop up twice the capacity of the box, then drop the box into your bag with all the extra fries in the scoop just riding along straight into the bag… then they announced that someone else had to bag your order to prevent such things, so of course we just did that for each other… because of course there is no such thing as too many fries when you’re a teenager.

    Mind you, this is theft, so kids, don’t do it!

    Interestingly, I was just at Whole Foods where I heard the checkout gal and bagger talking about a guy who’d gotten fired for tasting some product or other– I don’t mean he took home steaks, he just sampled something that was open and bam, he was gone. I sure feel a lot better knowing that no one at Whole Foods has ever actually tried any of the stuff they sell under pain of termination, don’t you?

  • http://oodja.blogspot.com Jersey Exile

    What an enormous opportunity for McDonalds to do a bit of social marketing — they could use the recipe hackers as a sort of virtual test kitchen to develop new products using their existing ingredients and cooking facilities. Stage a contest among employees.

    McDonald’s has been doing this for years, actually. The Egg McMuffin was one of the first employee-“hacked” products to grace the menu. Decentralized franchising seems to be a key to this kind of innovation — when the home office owns all of the branches, there is less of an incentive for individual experimentation at the local level.

    My favorite unauthorized McD’s break meal was a double cheeseburger patty melt with sauteed onions from the quarter pounder. Delish!