Introduction: Amazing Homemade Potato Chips (Crisps)
In this instructable, I will show you how to make amazing crispy crunchy potato chips or crisps as they are known in other parts of the world. These homemade potato chips are so yummy, they do take a bit of time to make, but they are so worth it! You will not be disappointed. So time to snack it up, let's get started!
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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial, or do both!
Step 1: Ingredients/Tools
- Potatoes (I use Russets, washed and peeled if you like)
- Cold water (for soaking)
- 2 tsp. salt (10 g)
- 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar (30 ml)
- Water (for boiling)
- Oil for frying, 48 ounces (I use canola oil or peanut oil)
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Step 2: Prep Water
First let's take some cold water and add 2 tsp. of salt to it, make sure to stir it around to dissolve the salt, creating a nice brine solution.
Step 3: Slice Potatoes
Now take some potatoes (peel them if you wish), I am using russets, which I have washed, and using a mandolin slicer, slice the potatoes. We want them about 1/8th of an inch thick. Put all of the potato slices in the bowl of the cold brine solution. Then let the potatoes soak for 15 to 20 minutes, this process will remove a lot of the starch from the potatoes. The starch is what burns when frying the potatoes.
Step 4: Boil the Potatoes
Next we add 2 Tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to a large stew pot or dutch oven, which has been filled half way with water. Bring the water to a boil, and then add your potato slices, about half of them for each stage. Boil the potato slices for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring them occasionally with a spoon, then remove them and place them on a paper towel lined baking sheet, to dry for about 5 minutes. Do this with all of your potato slices. For this amount that I have (2 medium potatoes worth) it will take 2 stages.
Step 5: Heat Oil
Next we want to empty out our pot from the hot water, make sure it is dry, then add our canola or peanut oil, we want it to be about 1 to 1.5 inches deep. In this case I wound up using 48 ounces of canola oil. Now set the stove top to medium to medium high and heat the oil to 325 degrees F. (162 C)
Step 6: Fry Them Up
Now drop in about a third of your potato slices, we don't want them to get too crowded. Stir them occasionally, and fry them for 5 to 15 minutes, this batch took around 8 minutes. What you will notice is eventually all the bubbling will subside, and the potatoes will get a nice blonde to golden brown color, this is how you know they are done. Remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel lined plate to dry. You may need to dab the tops of them with a paper towel to get excess oil off. Then season with salt or any of your favorite seasonings. The last image gives you an idea on how many chips two medium russet potatoes makes. Quite a bit! Now enjoy those homemade crispy crunchy potato chips! :)
***These do take a fair amount of time to make, but they are so worth it!
Step 7: Video Tutorial
Now check out those steps in action by watching the video tutorial!