Prepare Fries Healthier

Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside – that’s how fries taste best. “Fries” are popular but relatively unhealthy – despite being made from potatoes. These consist of lots of water and few calories and provide high-quality vegetable protein, vitamins, and minerals. But nothing is left of it when the tuber is deep-fried in hot fat and deep-frozen. 100 grams of frozen fries contain 290 calories, and 150 calories when prepared in the oven.

Thick, thin, and wavy french fries

The shape of the fries affects the taste and consistency:

  • Thick fries take longer to crisp up.
  • Thin fries are often crispier but empty on the inside because the potato mass evaporates completely from the heat.
  • Wavy fries have the largest surface area. That’s why most of the fat sticks to them.

French fries in the oven and hot air fryer

Frozen fries that are prepared in the oven contain less fat than fried fries. They won’t get as crispy, though, because the heat has to melt the ice cream first. An alternative for preparing frozen fries is a hot air fryer: it does not require any additional oil and even removes some of the fat from the fries. Overall, however, fries from the hot air fryer have hardly any fewer calories than fries from the oven.

Make your own fries

Homemade fries are less greasy and therefore healthier than frozen fries. They will also crisp up in the oven. To do this, carve sticks one centimeter thick out of waxy potatoes and boil them in salted water for five minutes. Pre-cooking breaks up the chains of potato starch and allows it to re-link. This way the fries will later be crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.

Gently toss the potatoes in a plastic bag with a mixture of rapeseed oil, salt, pepper, and paprika powder before cooking in the oven. This will evenly wet the potato sticks.

Put the sticks on the oven tray and bake at about 250 degrees (convection) for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn halfway through baking so they crisp evenly.

Prepare sweet potato fries

Sweet potatoes contain more fiber than regular potatoes and almost as much beta-carotene as carrots. But in the oven, they become softer than crispy. So that they don’t get mushy during preparation, sweet potato sticks are dusted with potato starch and a little chili powder. Sweet potato fries are only salted after baking.

Make your own mayonnaise

You can easily mix mayonnaise yourself – mix a very soft-boiled egg with some rapeseed oil, fried mushrooms, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, chives, salt, and pepper. It is free of flavor enhancers, preservatives, and stabilizers.

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