Fast-Food Employees Reveal What Not to Eat at Their Restaurants

Recent conversation on Reddit has former employees dishing on dirty kitchen secrets

We all have a general idea of which items on fast-food menus have the highest calorie, fat, and sugar counts, but wouldn’t it be nice to know how the food is actually prepared? Well, here it is. Just a few days ago, users of AskReddit questioned fast-food employees about which foods they would personally avoid. And they sure know the dirty little secrets of kitchen prep.

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At Steak 'n Shake, it’s not called a Wisconsin butter burger for nothing. According to a former employee, there is a quarter stick of butter melted onto each patty.

User Cozmo23, a former Wendy’s employee, admits that the chain collects burger patties that sit on the grill too long and throws them into a bucket for later chili preparation. When it’s chili time, "they take it out, boil it, chop it up, and dump them in the chili," says Cozmo.

A former McDonald’s employee tells readers that the seemingly healthy grilled chicken is doused with liquid margarine to keep it from sticking to the grill. And their sweet tea sure is sweet — each batch of McD’s tea is sweetened with full pound bags of pure sugar.

How does McDonald’s, the dirty detail star, respond to these testimonials? They tell The Daily Meal that "As with any job, I think we can all agree that there are ups and downs, good days and bad. We believe these posts reflect that." Good day or bad, it might not even be worth the chance….

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Lancelot1's picture

I agree about Wendy's chili. Imagine if they just threw the cooked meat away. What would the cost of the burgers be? Because you know they would pass that cost on to the consumer. And I think Wendy's chili is pretty dang good.

johnnygolu's picture

I felt compelled to comment on this one. I fail to see the significance of the article. It is fast food and no one said it was supposed to be healthy. So, if you don't like what they do then don't eat there. I am not surprised by any of this and I will still eat at these places when I want to indulge. I don't see anything wrong with the Wendy's Chili situation. Chili is often made with lesser quality meat or scraps...seems like a good way to use up less than desireably quality meat without having to discard it. Seems like common sense to me. I really get angry when people complain about so many foodie things. We are lucky in this country to have what we have. I sometimes wish everyone in this country had to fend for themselves and hunt and gather and prepare their own food from scratch. Maybe we wouldn't be such spoiled whiners.

Mary Faenza's picture

what can you tell me about Paisano red wine. Every one loves it here.

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