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1) After we cook something, we put it in a holding cabinet and set a timer. When the timer goes off, we’re supposed to throw it out. But often, we just reheat the food. So for the freshest meal, come between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. More people are in the restaurant then, so we’re cooking and serving new food constantly.

2) That plain chicken breast may have been a healthy choice right out of the package. But sometimes we have to slather it with butter just to make sure it doesn’t stick to the grill.

3) Most fast-food joints clean everything, including the grills and drink machine nozzles, with super-concentrated chemicals at the end of the day. If you’re one of the first customers in the morning, you may be getting some of that chemical residue on the food or in the drink you order.

4) Those grill marks on your burger? Not real. They were put there by the factory.

5) Most of us will cook something fresh for you if you ask. But if you want to make sure your french fries come right out of the fryer, order them without salt; that forces us to cook you a new batch. Then you can add your own salt.

6) Avoid asking for “extra” of something, like cheese or sauce. As soon as you say “extra,” we have to enter it at the register and charge you for it. Instead, just tell us you want us to “put a good amount on there” or “not to be skimpy with it,” and we’ll load you up. (Reader’s Digest)

Get the rest of the facts from fast food workers here.