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|amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Saturated Fat 1g||4%|
|dietary fiber 4g||16%|
|total sugar 2g|
|Vitamin C 19 mg||95%|
|Calcium 31 mg||2%|
|Iron 2 mg||12%|
|Potassium 1084 mg||23%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.|
(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)
Homemade French fries are insanely delicious. The best fries are double fried, first at a lower temperature to cook them through and then again in hotter oil to golden brown them. This recipe is very flexible – you can make as many or as few fries as you like. Plan a large potato fries per person as a side dish. Homemade fries are a traditional accompaniment to hamburgers, grilled steak, or steamed mussels.
What equipment do you need to prepare fries?
In addition to potatoes, you will need a large pot and enough vegetable oil, canola oil or lard to fill the pot about 5 cm high. You'll need a slotted spoon or foam spreader, plenty of paper towels for draining, and a thermometer (not required but highly recommended). You may also want to place a cooling rack over a baking sheet as a first draining point before placing the oily fries on paper towels. And of course you need salt for seasoning.
Which potatoes are best for fries?
- Russets potatoes work best because they don't contain as much water as other varieties, making them extra crispy.
- Avoid waxy potatoes like red potatoes, baby potatoes, and new potatoes. They contain high levels of moisture, which makes them hollow when fried.
Why do you soak french fries in water before frying them?
Soaking the potato in water will help remove excess starch. This will prevent the potato sticks from sticking together when frying and the frying will be crispier. You should soak the fries in water for two to three hours before frying, or place the whole bowl in the refrigerator to soak overnight.
Why Double Fry French Fries?
Pre-cooking in hot oil allows excess water to evaporate and escape from the potato itself, meaning the second time frying the potato's structure is strengthened and primed for optimal browning and crispiness in the hot oil.