Step 5: Frying the fries

First off, I'd like to say that contrary to popular notion, we do NOT fry everything in the south. Having said that, I will now show you how to fry things.

This step isn't that complicated. Pour a few tablespoons of oil into your dish-I used a skillet, but a large pot would have been much better. Carefully put in your chopped up 'taters in and fry. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Salt to taste. Mine turned brown, but I probably left them in too long-it's hard to get them all done without browning them. They were still delicious.

Hot grease spits. Thus the saying, "faster than a pan of hot grease can spit". I learned this fast, and got wise quickly. You may want to wrap your arm in a towel like I did. I was also glad I was wearing glasses, I've heard horror stories from people who fry fries at McDonalds who have gotten hot grease in their eyes...
Here is a tip for good crispy potato fries : <br>fry them twice.<br>Here how it goes :<br>1) fry your potato chips as said in this instructable as it is pretty a straightforward process, but do NOT fry them all the way. When they catch a pale yellow and are not cooked yet take them off the frying pot, frain them of excess oil put them aside.<br>Cook and prepare the rest of your meal as you've planned. No fuss, no trouble.<br>2) When you're ready to serve (or simply 5 minutes before serving) dip your fries in the hot frying oil again, this time letting them get a rich golden color.<br>Drain them again, cooking them in an iron frying basket is best because you can really shake the excess grease off pretty fast and efficiently. Serve them immediately, let each salt his / her dish according to individual taste.<br>You'll never get better potato fries : crispy in the outside and tender but not mushy or overcrispy inside.<br>My grandmother did them very well&nbsp;(actually this was about the only thing she cooked well&hellip;) ! <br>However I found out the same trick was used in many households in my country but I never heard of it as the &quot;official&quot; recipe for fries. But then again how could I miss : after all France is supposed to be the country of &quot;french fries&quot;, although the first &quot;french fries&quot; I ate in my life was in my 1st days in USA a long, long time ago (something like 1969 or so&hellip;)<br>Anyway, try this trick : french fries or other potato fries, or whatever they're called , you'll never miss them and supply will never meet the demand !!!!&hellip;<br>
good tip on the cooking method, but I am sorry to say chips or French fries have nothing to do with France! It is simply the method of cutting the vegetable, 'French cut'. From my understanding, deep-fried French-cut potatoes originated in Belgium, but who knows....
I know ! I thought I was quite clear about that ! <br>I'm not patriotic at all ! And would I be this would be for serious matters ;)) <br>Who cares about the nationality of &quot;french fries&quot; as long as they're yummy. <br>By the way, for all I know the first &quot;french fries&quot; (deep fried potatoes) could have been made in England. At least this seems a reasonable hypothesis. Then again, potatoes spread so fast in Europe at the beginning of the 19th century that the recipe could as well have been invented at the same time in different places, Belgium, France, Germany, England &hellip;&nbsp;who knows. This would explain why the recipe has different names, unless of a name with variations from the same origins (as &quot;couscous&quot; of arabic origins) : &quot;french fries&quot;, &quot;fried potatoes&quot;, &quot;chips&quot;, &quot;pommes de terre frites&quot; (or &quot;frites&quot;), etc &hellip;&nbsp; <br>Have a nice day.
looks so delicious
Thanks! :)
I cut, sprinkle salt on, leave for 10 minutes, rinse in cold water and then thoroughly dry my fries with kitchen towels or paper towel before frying. Makes them cook golden.
Wrapping your arm in a towel is overkill. Just make sure the potatoes are DRY. Hot oil goes crazy when you get water in it. But feel free to use a towel if the oil makes you nervous.
Hmm...I didn't think of that! But how am I to make the potatoes dry? Maybe just patting them with a towel would do it.
For what it's worth now (there are probably still other people looking at this 'ible by now):<br /> <br /> For my home fries, I'll always wash 'em in cold water after cutting them up. The internet told me to do this. It also told me to soak them in cold water. I don't usually soak them, but it's true, washing the cut 'taters appears to remove excess starch and makes them less gooey in the pan. I dry them well afterwards with a lint-free towel. They go in the pan (or the oven, depending) when they're dry. Then I eat half of my hash browns/french fries as&nbsp;they cook&nbsp;before sharing them with my man. He never notices he gets less :3
Thanks for the tip! Next time I make these I will definitely try that.<br />
there is also the solution of dipping your fries in... milk! before frying them. <br>It gives such a unique texture and taste ;() <br>
That's a great idea - I will try that next time!
Neato. We usually use ground turkey with a few spices instead of hamburger meat. it is a fraction of the cost of beef. We either use home made buns, homemade biscuits, or just toast some bread. We also will make popcorn or mashed potatoes on the side. You can add so many more flavors to mashed potatoes than fries. <br><br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Biscuits-to-mcmuffins/
That's good! Because McDonals fries is so unatural beause the McDonals fries last soo long that is very very unatural because of the amount of salt they put in.
looks almost lke what mcdonalds makes well except for the fries, looks delicious
Thanks! ^_^ Yes, the fries are near-impossible to duplicate...
She lives! Just happened to notice something funny, on your image tags it still says Adrian Monk. :)
Ha! Yes, that's been that way since I changed. I guess it's a low-priority bug. :D
your bun is from a shop if you knew whats in the ingredients you wld bake your own with burnt fries lol<br />
The plate is from a shop, too... I _could_ make everything involved in the meal DIY, but one must stop somewhere. ;)
To truly cook from scratch, you must first create the universe. Carl Sagan
in order to stop anyone from commenting, from scratch, one must first invent COMBO BREAKER!!!!!
lol burnt fries
McDonald's makes me sick...I need to try this.<br />
I still like Mcdonalds better lolz. Mom tries stuff like this a lot.<br />
<sub>I think your link in step 3 is broken - missing endbracket :)</sub><br/><br/>But I do like Wendy's, Dad there named the restaurant after his kid.<br/>
Oh! Thanks for pointing that out. Awww...maybe you'll start a restaurant and name it "Caitlins". But what will you serve?
Twinkie cake, and robopatties
We have one in Puyallup (Pew-yall-up)
Sarcasm and hot sauce.
I think you meant Buffalo Wings and hot sauce. Right? RIGHT!?
Yeah, right.
If you feel inclined to do so, please add this to my <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/group/nonfeatured/">group</a>.<br/>
when i first saw this, the tiny 128 by 128 picture, i thought that the fries was a roach...
i think it might be healthier to bake the fries in the oven, requires no oil ;)
Good idea!
Yeah, I make them in the oven all the time! They are always perfectly toasty and crunchy.
Yeah...especially some little fries that look like an antenna...XD
Nice ible! Maggots make great fishing bait when they get bigger, chuck the offending potato onto the compost pile and give it a week or two...<br/><br/><sub><sup> A new clue to the identity of the Monk... no nail polish!</sup></sub><br/>
Yick, I usually just feed them to the chickens. They like maggots.<br/><br/><sub>Like I said, I don't usually paint them, except for a special occasion.</sub><br/>
Hmm...<br/><br/><sup>*jots in notebook with a sluethy air*</sup><br/>
Make what you will of it...
Hmm.... It only backs your previous claims that you'd make a good Ible TV host..
Haha...I'm sure willing!
I talked with Eric about it, it's by no means the first suggestion. Gimme 4 or 5 years and we'll get serious about it...
Haha, that sounds great. <br/><br/><sub>I mean, seriously, you think there might be a serious chance someday?</sub><br/>
<sub><sup>Seriously, if this acting thing pans out, it's definite, and I promise you get prime chance to try for Hot Smart Female Host, but we still need Hot Dumb Scream Female host... I think KJ wants Male Host #1</sup></sub><br/>

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