French fries are the perfect instant snacks to make during the teatime or to serve to guests. But making crispy French fries at home is not something that everyone can do. Here are five cooking tips that can help one make the most crispy French fries at home.
French fries are a very versatile snack and can be easily paired with almost every meal. One can have French fries at any point of the day and not feel weird about it. Fries go well with burgers, sandwiches, pizza, burritos and almost anything you can probably think of. Having good crispy French fries with a bowl of sauce is something that can lighten anybody's mood.
Looking at the recipe for French fries, one can easily call it a very simple and hassle-free recipe. But somehow homemade fries don't taste as good as the ones in restaurants. Sometimes they're too crispy and raw from the inside and other times they're too soft. Here are some expert cooking tips for anyone who wants to make perfectly crispy fries at home.
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* Shape of Potatoes
This may not seem very significant, but the shape of the potatoes that have been cut for making fries plays a very important role in giving your price the overall flavour and texture. It is very important to ensure that the thickness of each fry piece is ¼ of an inch. Any potato fry that is thicker or thinner than this width will neither have the ideal taste, nor texture. This is one of the secret ways through which restaurants achieve perfectly fried French fries.
Pre-preparation for making French fries is as important as frying or cutting them. The pre-preparation involves putting the raw fries in cold water. One must mix the water with some vinegar and salt and let the fries rest in the mixture for 8 to 10 minutes. Then the raw fries have to be taken out and dried with the help of a towel. One must make sure that the French fries are fully dried up before putting them in the oil otherwise, the fries won't get cooked. Doing this step will prepare the potato slices and give them a very nice texture.
* Freezing Fries
Freezing fries is a great way of storing fries and cooking them instantly whenever one wants. This is an uncomplicated process of shallow frying fries and then storing them in the refrigerator. The semi-fried fries can be cooled down and easily stored in the freezer for up to a week. One must ensure that the fries are stored in airtight containers and the temperature is also very low so that the fries remain in firm shape. These fries can be taken out and fried whenever one feels like eating without spending much time in preparation.
A lot of times people cook fries in a hurry and do not spend the amount of pre-preparation time that is needed to get an optimum taste of fries. This gives the French fries an absurd taste. This is a great hack for people who do not have the time to invest in cooking. One has to spend 15 to 20 minutes only once a week and enjoy fries throughout the whole week.
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* Frying Technique
The way that one fries their French fries is also a defining factor in how the fries will turn out to be. The right way to fry French fries is by putting the boiled potato slices in smouldering oil and letting them fry for 50 seconds. Then one has to simply take the fries out and dry them on a paper towel. Then the fries have to be cooled down and the excess oil must be removed with the help of tissue paper. Avoid consuming fries that are burning hot as they will burn your mouth and you won't be able to enjoy them as much. Let them cool down a bit and then enjoy the fries with your favourite dip or ketchup.
* Defrosting Fries
Defrosting fries is not at all a great idea. If one wants to eat extremely crispy fries then frosting the fries again and again will make them very sloppy. The right way of using refrigerated fries is by taking them out of the freezer and then directly putting them in the boiling oil. Letting the fries defrost will lead to the water and oil mixing up together. Since these two liquids have different viscosities, the fries won't get cooked properly. This is why it is critical to avoid the defrosting process if one is using refrigerated fries.
These are some tips that one can follow to get extremely crunchy fries that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.