French fries, chips, finger chips, french-fried potatoes, or simply fries, are batonnet or allumette-cut deep-fried potatoes of disputed origin from Belgium or France. They are prepared by cutting potatoes into even strips, drying them, and frying them, usually in a deep fryer.
To prepare French fries, you will need the following ingredients and equipment:
– Potatoes (preferably Russet or Idaho)
– Vegetable oil (or any oil suitable for frying)
– Salt (to taste)
– Deep fryer or large pot
– Cooking thermometer
– Slotted spoon or frying basket
– Paper towels
Here are the steps to prepare French fries:
1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into long, even strips, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. You can use a knife or a French fry cutter for more uniform shapes.
2. Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl filled with cold water. Let them soak for about 30 minutes. This step helps to remove excess starch from the potatoes and results in crispier fries.
3. Drain the potatoes and pat them dry using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. It is important to remove as much moisture as possible to avoid splattering when frying.
4. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pot to approximately 325-350°F (163-177°C). It is essential to maintain the proper frying temperature for crispy and evenly cooked fries.
5. Carefully add a batch of potato strips to the hot oil using a slotted spoon or frying basket. Make sure not to overcrowd the fryer to maintain consistent heat circulation.
6. Fry the potatoes for about 5-7 minutes or until they turn golden and crisp. Adjust the cooking time according to your desired level of crispiness.
7. Once done, use the slotted spoon or frying basket to remove the fries from the oil, allowing excess oil to drain back into the fryer.
8. Transfer the fried potatoes to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any remaining oil. Sprinkle with salt or any desired seasonings while they are still hot.
9. Repeat the process with the remaining batches of potato strips until all are fried.
10. Serve the French fries immediately while they are hot and crispy. You can enjoy them as they are or pair them with your favorite condiments or dipping sauces.
Remember, frying can be dangerous, so exercise caution and follow the safety guidelines while working with hot oil.