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Old October 21st, 2008, 01:17 PM
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In-n-Out's 60th Year Anniversary is Wednesday, October 22nd. All hamburgers will be sold for 25 cents, Cheeseburgers 30 cents, Fries 15 cents, and drinks are 10 cents!!! So mark your calendars!
This is a Hoax In-n-Out Burger is not selling 25 cent hamburgers tomorrow. Here is information about this e-mail that was send out.
http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandfo...niversary.html
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I discovered In-n-Out Burger while we were in the Bay Area. It's "One Tasty Burger" and quite reasonable ($2.29 for a cheese burger and $2,99 for a Double-Double). I don't think the lines could be any longer, even if they did sell them for 25 cents. The one in San Ramon, CA had drive though lines of at least 30 cars at 4:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.

They are only in the Southwest states but I do wish they would open one up in this neck of the woods.

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I love In-n-outs double double burgers but haven't had one since 1987.

Could someone please send me one?
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I love In-n-outs double double burgers but haven't had one since 1987.

Could someone please send me one?
I live down the street from an In-N-Out Burger you want be to FEDEX you one.
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Kat.

Somehow I don't think MAF will let it into the country so I think I will have to step out the door and buy myself a $1700 double double burger?
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When I lived in L.A. I much preferred Tommy's burgers. Even went to the one on Sunset Blvd late one night.

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Sounds like a good excuse for a cruise!

Take a Mexican Riviera cruise departing from San Francisco, and you're all set!
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Do like so many locals do and get the bumper sticker. Then remove the first and last letter in the word burger.

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We lived in the Bay Area for 5 years and loved In and Out Burgers yum.
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Sounds like a good excuse for a cruise!

Take a Mexican Riviera cruise departing from San Francisco, and you're all set!
NCL has a 10 day cruise out of San Francisco (SFO) that would be perfect.
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When I first arrived here in 1950, I'd drive past the original stand in Baldwin Park every weekend. It was just another run down dump so I never stopped. I couldn't have dreamed of what it would become.

The year before that I had a summer job in San Bernardino where I patronized the McDonald brothers before they sold out to Ray Kroc. Each brother had a stand within walking distance. One day business was slow so I asked how they made the fries. Dick McDonald came out from behind the counter and explained it all to me. He even demonstrated the potato slicer.

Kroc ruined the McDonald's burger while the Snyders kept their quality. So there you have it, the difference between In-n-out and McDonald's is simply Ray Kroc.

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A bit off topic, but here's a trivia queston for you all:

Anyone know who is the largest holder of commercial real estate in the U.S.?
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Funny you should post this. I had never heard of In & Out Burger, other than seeing them on the highway on the way to the cruise.
Somebody mentioned them on the cruise and Frank spent about 20 minutes exhalting the delectable taste sensations of the In & Out menu! Now I want to try one!
Come to think of it, somebody even mentioned the 60th anniversary 25 cent day too.....

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OMG! I live in FL, get me an IN and OUT BURGER asap!!!! Yummo (as Rachel Ray would say)! I used to live in San Diego County and just loved those burgers! Its been 16 years since I've been back! The closest thing we have here is called Steak N Shake.....but don't get me wrong, there really is NO comparison! In and Out is MUCH BETTER!

Sigh.....now I'm hungry.......darn it!

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I'm willing to eat a burger in honor of every person who is not near an In-N-Out Burger. The fries are excellent to fresh potatoes cooked to order.
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Sounds like a good excuse for a cruise!

Take a Mexican Riviera cruise departing from San Francisco, and you're all set!
NCL has a 10 day cruise out of San Francisco (SFO) that would be perfect.
If anything I would cruise out of LA as I have an old penfriend that lives there and he showed me the wounders of In-n-out.
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Mean Dean...could it be McDonalds followed closely by the US government ?

I myself prefer the refine taste of a White Castle Hamburger
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I always thought it was the Catholic Church.

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When I first arrived here in 1950, I'd drive past the original stand in Baldwin Park every weekend. It was just another run down dump so I never stopped. I couldn't have dreamed of what it would become.

The year before that I had a summer job in San Bernardino where I patronized the McDonald brothers before they sold out to Ray Kroc. Each brother had a stand within walking distance. One day business was slow so I asked how they made the fries. Dick McDonald came out from behind the counter and explained it all to me. He even demonstrated the potato slicer.

Kroc ruined the McDonald's burger while the Snyders kept their quality. So there you have it, the difference between In-n-out and McDonald's is simply Ray Kroc.

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Keith,

Is In-n-Out still family owned?

The only thing I wasn't THRILLED with were the fries. They were good but because they are "fresh" fried they are a bit rubbery. To get a good, crispy, fry you need to par-boil them for a few minutes (just don't get them mushy)and then deep fry them. Try this at home when you make fries and you'll see.

It was fun watching the guys working the fryers, throwing bowls of fresh cut potatoes into the line of deep fryers. It was also nice to see, at the one in San Ramon, the fun the people behind the counter were having. No one looked like they didn't want to be there. Nice contrast to most fast food places.

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I also noticed the In-N-Out Burger signs when we were in Southern California. Some people on our cruise on the Pride were also talking about how great these burgers tasted. Now I wish we had tried one. Please have one for us!. We have a burger place that originated in south Texas that might be like your In-N-Out Burger...it is called "Whataburger." I think now, they have locations in many southern states. I remember about 7 years ago when one of our sons was in Afghanistan, he called us one evening and said he had been talking to his buddies about favorite burger places, and he was craving a Whataburger from home. Maybe someday, we will get another chance to be in your area, and I will try one.


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Hi Mike this is from the companies website:
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In-N-Out remains privately owned and the Snyder family has no plans to take the company public or franchise any units. All Associates are treated like family. Many Associates have been with In-N-Out for over 20 years, some even worked with Harry and Esther in the early years. These relationships and the commitment to the company's philosophies continue to make In-N-Out a very special place to work.
http://www.in-n-out.com/history.asp
Maybe this is why the employees look to be enjoying thier jobs.
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To answer Mike's question, yes it's still family owned, but not without controversy. Some years ago the son who ran the company was killed in an accident (the company jet tangled with the wake of an airliner landing at John Wayne.) After that Esther stepped back in. Then the husband of a grand daughter tried to take over and a big brouhaha ensued.

I'm acquainted with Esther's personal attorney. He says she and the immediate family are all wonderful people.

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Correct, Venice -- McDonald's is the largest holder of commercial real estate in the U.S.

Now think about that..........
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I also noticed the In-N-Out Burger signs when we were in Southern California. Some people on our cruise on the Pride were also talking about how great these burgers tasted. Now I wish we had tried one. Please have one for us!. We have a burger place that originated in south Texas that might be like your In-N-Out Burger...it is called "Whataburger." I think now, they have locations in many southern states. I remember about 7 years ago when one of our sons was in Afghanistan, he called us one evening and said he had been talking to his buddies about favorite burger places, and he was craving a Whataburger from home. Maybe someday, we will get another chance to be in your area, and I will try one.


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Shhh, don't tell anyone my real name is Sherry (only spelled right ). Next time you cruise out of Los Angeles, San Diego, or San Francisco you should have an In-n-Out Burger and a Togo's sandwich (hey today is $1.99 Togo sandwich Wednesday.)
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Sherry,

I know this is off subject...but I have often wondered why my parents chose to spell Sherry with an (ie). I rarely meet anyone with that spelling. I remember in elementary school I got into trouble once for trying to change the spelling of my name to Sherry. Again, who knows what my parents were thinking...they named my sister Mona Lisa.

To get back on subject...we may have to plan a trip to California so we can sample your famous burgers.


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Mike,

Okay you mentioned making French Fries so without further ado, a little French Fry history.

As a kid I used to work for Burger Chef and this is the way many of the big chains made their famous shoe string french fries in the days prior to being prepped and frozen. You have part of one of the secrets.

Back then we used to peel the potatos in a commercial peeler (the inside of which was similar to very very coarse sandpaper).

After that, Each potato was put through a slicer mounted above two attached very large stainless steel (for lack of a better term "Slop") sinks in such a manner as half of the fries falling from the bottom of the plunger type slicer fell in one sink and half in the other.

Once around fifty pounds of potatoes had been put through the slicer and they filled both sinks to about 2/3rds, you filled both sinks with water. Here comes secret number one; you "washed" the raw fries by "folding them over and over in the water. Once the water turned milky in each sink, you drained and refilled with fresh cold water and repepated the process. You kept repeating the process until the water was clear and you had, in effect, washed all of the starch you could out of the potatoes. Needless to say, your hands froze.

You then filled your fry baskets half full of raw potatoes and "blanched" them in hot oil (then a combination of vegetable shortening and lard that looked like crisco) at 350 degrees for I believe it was two and a half minutes...maybe three, I forget. You then removed them and they had reduced to the most disgusting appearing soggy mess of fries you will ever see. They were then stored in racks in a big walk in cooler. When you had orders, you would "finish" the fries (if I remember correctly, still at 350 degrees) for around three minutes. The tricks of course were the washing, the blanching and the cooling after blanchineg.

You can make fries at home that are really very similar by blanching your frozen shoestring potatoe fries as above. Then let them sit at least fifteen minutes before again dropping them and finishing them off.

Now here is why it would be so very difficult to duplicate the flavor of even today's McDonald's or similar chain's fries.

Years ago, the Food Police dictated that the shortening as described above was horrible for you (it is) and that for health reasons, should be stopped. And so it is written in the Big Fry Book that such came to pass.

Of course, McDonalds noticed immediately that it's fries tasted like........well, let's just say not very good. But at first they couldn't understand why. They finally discovered it was that hint of "beef" flavor that came from the beef tallow that used to be incorporated in the shortening that "made" the product. So they turned to the chemical industry (there is a huge complex just south of Newark Airport that chemically concocts...well, let's just say a good portion of the taste you get from commercially produced fast food as well as many other food products not to mention many world famous perfumes originate from that same complex). They came up with an answer and now add beef "flavoring."

Though maybe not today, Burger King used to make their French Fries especially golden in color by spraying the fries before freezing them with a sugar solution that does not make them sweet, but carmelizes (turns golden brown) when dropped into hot oil (somethink like when you "carmelize' veggies in a frying pan).

Here endeth the lesson on fast food french fries.

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