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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your new potatoes!

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    tisaconundrum

    3 months ago

    2018 and this still gives me life, just as much as this Instructables gives life to potatoes.

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    EvaZeitgeist

    1 year ago

    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.

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    Riffifi

    2 years ago

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! X'D
    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

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    ZombieAllstar

    3 years ago

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

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    dwemer_blacksmith

    3 years ago

    I am going to have nightmares of zombie potatoes

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    mmartinez14

    3 years ago

    thats just plain nasty

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    THEJJRAT

    3 years ago on Introduction

    What's wrong with soggy greasy french fries?

    Hint: Nothing.

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    Zeltyc

    3 years ago

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

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    halb51

    3 years ago

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

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    PikeMinnow

    4 years ago on Step 7

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

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    thewriterben

    4 years ago on Introduction

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

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    drewbaee

    4 years ago

    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

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