In a viral TikTok video, a Waffle House employee reveals how the popular diner makes its famous hash browns, shocking many viewers with the process.
User @spanishflymel begins the video by recording several boxes of hash browns lying in a sink.
“So this is the tutorial nobody asked for, but you get it anyway. So, that’s how you make Waffle House hashbrowns,” she says as she opens the boxes.
“They look like this because they are [dehydrated]@spanishflymel explains the hashbrown rehydration process. Then she turns on the faucet and starts filling the boxes with cold water.
“If you’re using hot water, boil it and you don’t want mashed potatoes,” she adds.
The TikToker notes that she adds ice to ensure the water is cold. After filling the boxes with water to a certain line, she says she has to soak the hashbrowns for about an hour before draining them.
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The video has been viewed 1.2 million times as of Friday, and some viewers were shocked to learn that the hashbrowns are made from dehydrated potatoes.
“I’ve never seen hash browns in a milk carton,” said one user.
“So you’re telling me you’re not going to freshly chop potatoes to order?” asked another.
“Dehydrated?!? I thought they were frozen or freshly packaged,” shared a third.
Still, many users praised the hashbrowns, regardless of how they’re prepared.
“I don’t care what they bring in, they’re damn good,” said one viewer.
“I love Waffle House Hash Browns smothered and covered,” agreed a second.
“I don’t care what they look like before I shovel them in my mouth. Waffle House Hashbrowns are on a whole other level!!” a third praised.
However, @spanishflymel has been criticized by some users for using cold water instead of hot water to soak the hashbrowns.
“We always used hot water,” one person commented.
“You have to use hot water. It doesn’t cook them. You can buy them like that in the store and it specifically says to use hot water,” criticized a second.
“I do the same and the instructions say to use hot water. I always cook before they better suck it up,” echoed a third.
In a follow-up video, @spanishflymel shares why she chooses to use cold water to hydrate the hash browns before cooking. Showing two piles of hash browns on the grill, she notes that those soaked in cold water get nice and crispy, while those soaked in hot water reportedly take longer to cook and get scattered.
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The Daily Dot contacted @spanishflymel via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: November 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. CST
Melody Heald is a culture writer. Her work can be found in Glitter Magazine, BUST Magazine and more.
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