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Best fries are out of this world

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Today in questions no one has ever asked: What would french fries taste like if you made them on Jupiter? Luckily, the European Space Agency is on the case. Hoping to improve space food for future astronauts, scientists chopped potatoes into thin sticks and deep-fried them in extra virgin olive oil, one side at a time, in a spinning centrifuge that created conditions of up to nine times Earth's gravity. Higher gravity levels significantly increased the heat transfer between the hot oil and the potato, shortening frying time and resulting in thick, crispy crusts, the team reports in Food Research International. The crust reached its maximum thickness when the potato was fried at three times Earth's gravity.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 4, 2014 D7

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