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French fry rationing continues in Japan as Mos Burger suspends sales (with two exceptions)

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Earlier this month, you may have heard that McDonald’s Japan announced it was resuming sales of medium and large-size orders of French fries. Coming at the end of a month of fry rationing, many hoped that this was the fried-golden light at the end of the tunnel that they’d been waiting for…but instead, it’s turned out to be just a brief moment of normalcy before yet another announcement of French fry austerity measures.

This time it’s not McDonald’s Japan with sad news for customers, but its Japan-founded, southern California-inspired rival Mos Burger. On Feb 9, just two days after McDonald’s resumed regular fry sales, Mos announced that as of Feb 10 it was suspending sales of both small and large-size French fry side orders, and since Mos doesn’t offer a regular-size, this means you can’t order any French fry side orders whatsoever. Sales of Mos’ “potato drink sets” and variety packs, which also include French fries, have also been suspended.

The reason for the decision is hampered supply lines and a lack of potatoes. According to its website, Mos imports the potatoes used in its fries from Canada and the U.S., and the company is citing ongoing complications from the coronavirus pandemic and inclement weather as the problems it’s dealing with. These were the same issues McDonald’s was grappling with, but apparently Mos began to feel the effects later and/or has been less speedy in sorting out a solution.

There are, however, still two ways to customers can get their hands on Mos Burger’s French fries. One is through its “onipote,” a side order of mixed onion rings and French fries which was already a hero to indecisive diners.

And in a show of sweet kindness, fries will also still be available as part of Mos’ Waiwai Sets, which is what it calls its kids meals. That feels like the right priority, because having to go without French fries is a psychological strain far too intense to impose on young minds.

▼ Sales of WaiWai Sets and onipote side orders will be limited to in-person (i.e. not online) orders only.

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Photo: Mos Burger

Mos says it expects its fry rationing to continue until the middle of March, so odds are the Ministop convenience store chain is going to be seeing continued demand for its Bucket Potato for the next month or so.

Source: Mos Burger

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Why are this fast food outlets incapable of looking to invest in domestic supply chains.

I grow my own potato's

Toyoshishiro is a variety that can grow, with the correct cultivation anywhere in Japan perfect for chips and roast potato's.

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Yes, so do I. In fact my potatoes are chitting nicely as we speak.

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I was thinking this year to grow then in a 50-gallon plastic barrel.

If it's the typical 50 gallon drum shape then it's too deep, better to use smaller pots or cut your drum in half to make two pots.

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zichi, I have seen some growers cut the barrels length ways and cultivate in green houses to prevent Infestation by pests or diseases.

I have a green house and I cultivate from seed potato's tubers and transplant into two trench's.

My local farming community helps out with the soil/ground cultivation. earthing up.

The results are worth the extra effort.

I brought a second hand green house from a retired local farmer.

It down to available space.

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Gave Mac a try this week after the mush-hyped ‘new’ supply arrived. Disappointing. Soggy, limp, greasy, over-fried taters mixed in with crisp ‘fresh’ (frozen) fries seems to be the managerial style to fill out the now-suspected-reduced-size “Large” carton. Plus, many had what appeared to be black ‘holes’, perhaps cut from chitty potatoes?

- @Harry_Gatto 11:38am: “Yes, so do I. In fact my potatoes are chitting nicely as we speak.” -

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I prefer onion rings, anyway. I've always wondered why McD's doesn't have them, when most of the other FF brands sell them. (Mos, Lotte, BK, etc.)

At McD's, which I shamefully admit to eating 1-2x/month, I usually order the salad or edemame/corn sides instead of fries. So, this potato shortage hasn't really affected me. Plenty of potatoes at the supa, as well, abeit those tiny Japanese potatoes.

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zichi, I tried a number of grow bags, the produce was trial and error.

I noticed my neighbours was growing seed sweet potato's. The favour when chipped was what is expected but sweet.

The smaller holdings had these barrels cut to allow the seeds to grow to then transplant into borrows.

But like old maids, um and ah over the earth soil and consistency of potato soil requirements.

They would mumble this, that and the other and faint shrugs over ideal soil pH levels.

Like my late Grandmother never giving away her holy grail of cooking skills

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snowymountainhellToday  12:28 pm JST

Plus, many had what appeared to be black ‘holes’, perhaps cut from chitty potatoes?

I don't think you understand the meaning of "chitting".

Chitting: Causing a seed potato to sprout by placing it in a cool light place until ready for planting.

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Thanks@Harry_Gatto 3:06pm - Learned on another site today that ‘commercial’ peelers peel only thin strips of the skins to take full advantage of the weight purchased and to maximize profits, sometimes leaving fragments of the potato’s ‘eyes’. If left unattended for a time, stored potatoes will begin to chit all over the place. Those were the black ‘hole’ and spirals observed earlier this week in some of the fries and the site stated eating spouts are harmless but too many may cause some temporary gastric and/or intestinal distress.

*- @Harry_Gatto 3:06pm: “I don't think you understand the meaning of "chitting". Chitting: Causing a seed potato to sprout by placing it in a cool light place until ready for planting.” -*

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Millions of potatoes are being thrown away in the US and UK because of the effect covid has had on eateries.

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Make your own at home and in good healthy oil ..Who wants to eat that rubbish anyway !

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Make your own at home and in good healthy oil ..Who wants to eat that rubbish anyway !

It depends, not everyone can make great home fries, sometimes these establishments make better ones. it's kind of a myth to think that everything that comes home is better, healthier, or even taste better, it just all depends.

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snowymountainhellToday  03:33 pm JST

Thanks” @Harry_Gatto 3:06pm - Learned on another site today that ‘commercial’ peelers peel only thin strips of the skins to take full advantage of the weight purchased and to maximize profits, sometimes leaving fragments of the potato’s ‘eyes’. If left unattended for a time, stored potatoes will begin to chit all over the place.

Can you please point me to the site which is saying that peeled potatoes are being stored, out of water, long enough to start sprouting?

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The sprouts formed before they were imperfectly peeled.

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Well, we have “meat” made from vegetables, so maybe it’s time to make “vegetables” from meat? Meat french fries.

Or artificial fries made from mixing giant vats of chemicals formed into french fry looking things. Yum.

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Can't see the shortage, here in Canada. I not only grow my own spuds, but I just bought a 1-kg bag of frozen fries for less than $2.50 ( about ¥300). From PEI, the potato capital of Canada and major exporter to the US. Enough for three or four double servings. At any rate, MacD's fries used to be the only thing I'd order in one of their joints. But that was at least 20 years ago.

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Here is your hamburger and French fry ma'am. Thank you for dining at Mo's.

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