Making your own fries takes a little longer than frying frozen fries, but it’s worth it. The taste of the golden baked potato pieces is much fresher in the homemade version and you know the exact ingredients.
Making your own fries is pretty easy
To make fries yourself, you need about 20 to 30 minutes of preparation time, depending on the number of servings.
- Choose about 150 to 200 grams per serving if the fries are planned as a side dish. You should plan to double that as a main meal with a salad.
- Waxy potatoes are best for french fries that are fried in oil.
- You can also choose slightly floury varieties for the oven or hot air fryer.
- Begin by peeling the potatoes. With “young” potatoes you can also leave them alone. Then you will benefit from additional healthy fiber and a special taste. Simply wash the potatoes a little more thoroughly before cutting.
- Now cut the potatoes into sticks. This can be done quickly, for example, with special French fries cutters. If there is little storage space in the kitchen, simple vegetable cutters can also help.
- The French fries strips are particularly attractive with a wavy cut. There are also special knives for this. The advantage of the knife: you can decide at any time how thick you want to cut your vegetable pieces.
Work with tricks before cooking
The simplest variant for fries: You start frying immediately after cutting. This is also how you get most of the vitamins and minerals. For a crispy bite and a more even golden browning, on the other hand, plan two to three preparation steps.
- Remove some of the starch that sits on top of the potatoes. To do this, rinse or blanch the potato sticks. To do this, pour boiling water over your sliced potatoes and let them stand for about 5 minutes.
- Take the potato pieces out of the water and rinse again with clear water.
- If you want to cook the potatoes later, you can cover them again with water and a dash of lemon juice and keep them in the fridge.
- Before you start frying, drain the water and spread the potato strips on a kitchen towel, cover them with a second towel and pat the wedges dry.
- Tip for hot air fryers and ovens: If you now dust the potato wedges with a little rice flour, the fries will be much crispier when they are fried.