You can shave a few pennies off your shopping budget if you make your own fries at home for your self.
Say goodbye to store bought brands and stock up on your DIY (do it yourself) brand.
Blanching your potatoes before frying would give you really great golden potatoes. Blanching them and freezing for later use is just as great.
- Medium sized Irish Potatoes
- Vegetable oil
- *Salt Optional
- You need potatoes of course
- Wash and peel the potatoes using a knife or a potato peeler, and keep them in bowl of room temperature water, to prevent oxidation.
- Using a knife or a potato slicer (a potato slicer is preferable because it keeps the slices consistent), cut the potato into strips.
- Cover the potato strips in water, and if you’d like salt them and leave soaked for 30mins
- Strain the water from the potato using a seive
- Heat up some oil in a pan. Enough oil to for deep frying. Heat it up till its really hot.
Hot oil Tip
Since we mostly don’t use thermometers in cooking here, i learnt to know when oil is hot enough for frying from Sister Som, my friend’s sister. She taught me to put a drop of water in oil while bringing up the heat. As the oil heats up , it would start to make popping sounds to get rid of the water. When the sounds stops, you know your oil is hot enough.
- Fry the potato till it’s just cooked, without allowing the skin to crisp.
- Take it out of the oil and spread it out on tray lined with absorbent paper towel. See picture below.
- Set the tray into a freezer and freeze over night.
- Take it out of the freezer and bag in an airtight freezer bag. If you however don’t have freezer bags, you can use airtight polythene/nylon bags.
- Store it in a freezer till the next time you want to make some fries.
When you are ready to make your fries, take the frozen chips out of the freezer, heat your oil till very hot, and deep fry till crisp and golden.