Introduction: Turn Your French Fries Back Into a Potato

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French fries are great, but every now and then don't you wish you had a crisp, clean potato instead of soggy, greasy French fries? You might think that the chemical transformations involved in deep frying potatoes to form French fries are irreversible, but it turns out that it's quite easy to turn your French fries back into a potato! In this Instructable, I'll show you how to take your faulty French fries and turn them back into the potato you deserve.

Step 1: Obtain Some Potatoes

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Assuming you've already got your French fries, the first step is to find some potatoes. Counterintuitively, the process of turning your French fries back into a potato will require potatoes, so you're going to want to head to the grocery store after you head to McDonald's. It's difficult to estimate the number of potatoes you need for a given quantity of French fries, but I'd say you're safe buying one medium-sized russet potato per 120g of French fries. If you don't have access to an accurate scale, you can simply ball up the French fries in your hand and estimate what size potato they would make and then buy a potato close to that size.

Step 2: Blend the French Fries

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Once you have your French fries and potatoes, the next step is to blend up the French fries into a fine paste. Any blender or food processor will work well for this. The consistency of the paste should be smooth, almost like mashed potatoes. If your French fries are too dry and not clumping together, try adding in a little water or a little butter.

Step 3: Microwave the Potatoes

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Next, microwave your potatoes in order to loosen the skin. Place the potato in a bowl with a small amount of water and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Take out the potato when the skin starts to wrinkle and look dry.

Step 4: Remove the Flesh of the Potato

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Once the potato skins are nice and loose, cut the potatoes length-wise (that is, along their longest axis) and scoop out the flesh of the potato using a spoon. Try to keep the skin as intact as possible, though if you end up accidentally ripping off some chunks of skin set them aside for use later.

Step 5: Put the French Fries Into the Potato Skins

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Now that you've got your hollowed-out potatoes, take your French fry mixture and place it in the potato skins. Fill up the potato skins to the original volume of the potato as best you can.

Step 6: Sew the Potato Skins Back Together

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Using some needle and thread, sew the potato skins back together. Be gentle, as the potato skins will tear fairly easily! This is where that spare pile of potato skin patches will come in handy. If you end up mangling some potatoes, jump right in with the skin grafting and soon your potatoes will be as good as new.

Step 7: Enjoy

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Enjoy your new potatoes!


EvaZeitgeist (author)2017-03-25

It's 2017 and it's still funny...but no..really. I just blended up some french fries and was wondering what to do with them. DIY rocks, where else on the www can you find helpful information, even if it's to laugh at yourself.- Back to the my drawing board.

Riffifi (author)2016-04-13

the Frankenstein's potatoes
but but but i got a question : what do you do with the left pealed potatoes? you should make another instructable about that! :D

avocadostains (author)2015-09-19

LOL. Best idea ever. thank you!

ZombieAllstar (author)2015-09-18

I simplified the process and just sewed the freedom fries together in the shape of a potato.

PeterA18 (author)2015-09-18

lol...insanity...waste of time & energy

tanderson28 (author)2015-01-10

Someone should ask: "Why?"

JohnCopper (author)tanderson282015-09-18

because potato? ;)

dwemer_blacksmith (author)2015-09-17

I am going to have nightmares of zombie potatoes

mmartinez14 (author)2015-09-17

thats just plain nasty

THEJJRAT (author)2015-04-19

What's wrong with soggy greasy french fries?

Hint: Nothing.

Zeltyc (author)2015-03-23

I know what to make next Halloween. "Who wants some zombie potatoes??"

halb51 (author)2015-02-13

I can't tell if this is a joke or not ;)

millenialinmotion (author)2014-12-05

Lol you're a mess.

PikeMinnow (author)2014-10-14

Expected instructions on how to use french fry compost to feed a potato sprout. got frankenpotato. still lololing

dr_peru (author)2014-09-24

Thats what I call reverse engineering :)

claire.chevrier.94 (author)2014-09-17

But, Why?

thewriterben (author)2014-09-12

This Instructable has literally changed my life. I'll never forget the day I learned this mind-blowing skill.

drewbaee (author)2014-08-30

So I made this and ate it and it was very delicious. But I've been pulling a string out of my butt for almost 2 hours now

Damon Creed (author)drewbaee2014-09-06


TommyT1 (author)2014-09-05

Can you flag for being awesome

aquascapist (author)2014-08-31

Brilliant. This is a is a lot like my hobby of repeatedly freezing and melting ice cubes. Instructable needed.

RSdaCat (author)2014-07-18

Anybody who thinks this superfluous and ridiculous obviously

#1 has no idea how chicken nuggets are made.

#2 has no recognition of the disgusting, and seemingly pointless circuitous route our food takes on its way to our table.

#3 probably noshes on re-made potatoes daily.

This is the most insightful, concise, and explanatory posts I have seen in a long time.

Soylent Green is not what you think it is people, wake up.

lbrewer42 (author)2014-07-17

I decided to try to plant these in the garden. Alas, all it did was grow into a plant that grew french fries :(

-DK- (author)2014-07-17

Blew my mind.

Dustycookie (author)2014-07-11

love yourself

ttowngirl (author)2014-07-11


Gjinja (author)2014-07-07

And the bonus is if you use dental floss instead of thread to sew it up with you can floss while you're eating... what a time saver! :D

Gjinja (author)2014-07-07

Hmm... call me crazy but it seems like a time saver would be to just eat the potato you got from the store for the skin.

pmuñoz5 (author)2014-07-06


PATSY001 (author)2014-07-04

I've been making sooo many of these, went to the local thrift shop and picked up a used portable sewing machine. Cuts reassembly time by 2/3. LOL... Nice Instructable!
thanks for the ideas... next, hire some helpers and, a few more sewing machines, and open a zombie fries chain....LOL!!!

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dirizary (author)2014-07-03

Thank you for this instructable, my prior attempts using a potato welder were less than successful.

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archerj (author)2014-07-03

Although I found this instructable to be very informative, not to mention appetizing, I found the comments to be even more so!

cyepler (author)2014-07-02

It looks like a Frankenpotato! If you run it up on the roof during a lightning storm, will it come back to life?

darklotus (author)2014-07-02

mmmm...yummy! Just the side dish to serve with Frank 'n beans!.... you can groan now.

Arghus (author)2014-07-02

hi there frankenstein

omikeo (author)2014-07-01

I think this breaks the 2nd law of thermodynamics, good one

Can you turn ketchup back into tomatoes ?

Inovercy (author)2014-07-01

Can you turn Hamburguer in to a Stake again ? Or a cow? that would be awesome!

jhubbard6 (author)Inovercy2014-07-01

You COULD turn hamburger back into a cow, but it would require hamburger (alot of it) and a cow. You would need to split the cow in half and scoop out all the insides of the cow, then replace them with the hamburger. Put the 2 hamburger-ed halves of the cow back together and attach them using wire... or baling twine. PRESTO! You've turned hamburger back into a cow.

Givver112 (author)jhubbard62014-07-01

That is horribly disgusting, my friend

astrong0 (author)jhubbard62014-07-01

We must do it.

christzilla (author)2014-07-01

Could you use the newly created potato to make french fries?

Common$ (author)christzilla2014-07-01

You just created an infinite potato loop.

astrong0 (author)Common$2014-07-01

It would still only require 1.2 volts. Thank goodness for the future and Aperture science labs.

tjk1939 (author)2014-07-01

What's the point?????

mnmama (author)2014-06-30

Very creative, funny, and more than a touch demented! You must be a fun person to be around when thinking of things to do. Thanks for sharing the fun. The blue thread really made the Tim Burton does dinner. :)

nanaverm (author)mnmama2014-07-01

...or something Frankenstein's monster would have for dinner, with the stitching.

Ricardo Furioso (author)mnmama2014-07-01

Great points. Thanks wrdwise, for the 'bile.

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