How To: Make homemade French fries with Tracey Porter

Make homemade French fries with Tracey Porter

Homemade French fries! They are the best. You will need: russet potatoes, canola oil (good because it can get hot and not smoke}, cooking thermometer, deep fryer or a pan or skillet that will hold 3 to 4 inches of oil, knife, paper bags or paper towels, salt and pepper. You can cut French fries any thickness you want. If you cut them thin, they absorb more oil, if you cut them thick, you don't get as much oil and this is good. Be consistent in cutting your fries, try to cut all the same size. After fries are cut give them a little ice bath by filling a bowl full of water, add ice and add the potatoes. Let them soak for approximately thirty minutes. This pulls the starch out of the potatoes and by doing this the potatoes will not absorb as much oil. You want heat the oil to 350 to 375 degrees. Test temperature with thermometer. While the oil is heating, take potatoes out of the ice water and dry thoroughly otherwise you will have a lot of popping when they come in contact with the hot grease. Lay to the side an open paper bag or paper towel, as this is where you are going to put the cooked fries. When the oil has reached the right temperature of 350 to 375 degrees, slowly put some of the potatoes into the skillet. Be careful not to splatter the grease. Cook until potatoes are a nice light golden brown about 4 to 6 minutes. When done remove from the skillet and put on paper, salt and pepper fries. The video shows a cute idea for serving the fries. Take a paper lunch bag, roll down the top, fill with fries and enjoy.

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