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Homemade French Fries

02 Apr

These are good and fairly easy.  I didn’t think I could make really good french fries from scratch, even though 5 Guys does…..I googled a recipe and tried it not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised!  I’ve had lots of potatoes and no french fries in the house, so we’ve had these 3 times already.  I made them with red potatoes once and they weren’t as good as the russets.

Here is how I’ve been doing it:

Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch strips and put into ice water for about 10 minutes.

Heat oil on medium heat, put the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil, if it bubbles up around the handle, it is ready to fry.

Place your first batch of potatoes onto paper towels to remove excess water, then place into pan.  Fry about 10 minutes, they will float when cooked through.   You are not browning them at this point.  Remove from oil and place on another set of paper towels.  Fry up the rest in as many batches as you need to.

Turn up the heat to med-high, wait a minute or so, and place some of the fries back into the pan (I’ve found you can fit a bit more in this stage).   Cook them until they are brown and crispy as you’d like them, put onto paper towels and let them drain a bit.

Salt or season them as you like and enjoy!
A few tips:

I used about a 2 inch deep pan and only had about an inch of oil in it.  Obviously you could use more and cook more fries at a time.  I did 2 batches for 4 people and had plenty.

Also, if you use your oil often for fairly clean foods (like french fries)  you can reuse it.  Restaurants use the same oil for about a week (depending on how busy, but I’ve found that to be a general rule) it more has to do with how much it is used and what it is used for not how old it is.   Breaded items like chicken and fish will get the oil “dirty” quicker.  After it cools, I put mine into an old glass jar, I’ve used it 3 times now and it still looks good.  It’s a good idea to strain out some of the little pieces left behind, but not a big deal.  I”m not sure how long to keep it, but I would say at least a few weeks.