We're Hosting an Online Trivia Contest With Pat Kiernan on October 25th!


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You already know that we’re teaming up with TrivWorks and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan for The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Night on October 29 in New York. But we want all of our mental_floss readers to be able to use their trivia chops—so on October 25 at 12:00pm Eastern Time, Kiernan will appear in an online video trivia contest right here on mentalfloss.com! There will be prizes: T-shirts! Gift certificates! Magazine subscriptions!

And we’re not stopping there: Every day from October 15 through October 19, TrivWorks will be giving away a pair of tickets to The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Night on October 29. All you have to do is submit the best bit of horror movie trivia you know. (If you don’t live in New York and your fact is picked, we’ll gladly give you a subscription to the magazine for your trouble.)

If you're a New Yorker who doesn’t want to leave your attendance up to chance, buy tickets to The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Night here.

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The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess
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Some restaurant dishes are made to be doggy-bagged and reheated in the microwave the next day. Not French fries: The more crispy and delectable they are when they first arrive on your table, the more of a soggy disappointment they’ll be when you try to revive them at home. But as The Kitchn recently shared, there’s a secret to making leftover fries you’ll actually enjoy eating.

The key is to avoid the microwave altogether. Much of the appeal of fries comes from their crunchy, golden-brown exterior and their creamy potato center. This texture contrast is achieved by deep-frying, and all it takes is a few rotations around a microwave to melt it away. As the fries heat up, they create moisture, transforming all those lovely crispy parts into a flabby mess.

If you want your fries to maintain their crunch, you need to recreate the conditions they were cooked in initially. Set a large pan filled with about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 1 cup of fries you want to cook over medium-high heat. When you see the oil start to shimmer, add the fries in a single layer. After about a minute, flip them over and allow them to cook for half a minute to a minute longer.

By heating up fries with oil in a skillet, you produce something called the Maillard Reaction: This happens when high heat transforms proteins and sugars in food, creating the browning effect that gives fried foods their sought-after color, texture, and taste.

After your fries are nice and crisp, pull them out of the pan with tongs or a spatula, set them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Now all you need is a perfect burger to feel like you’re eating a restaurant-quality meal at home.

[h/t The Kitchn]

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