Some call it french fries. others call it chips , but for me as long as its perfectly fried , crispy on the out side and nice and tender inside it doesnt matter whether they are called fries or chips.
I prefer to buying the frozen french fries bags, than making my own . I have had several failed attempts to make french fries so I stopped trying to make my own and stuck to buying the pre made almost done chips or fries.
But I have this potato chipping gadget ,which I received as a wedding present and I love to use it. So decided to give it another try. This time I tried Heston Blumenthal's method. I might not have thermometer but went ahead with the guess work on how hot the oil would be.
Heston's method takes a long time to make chips but its fun to try especially on a day when you have time like weekends or school holidays. My boys were proudly telling their cousins that the chips were home made not from the frozen section from the supermarket.
Recipe : Potato chips or french fries, recipe following Heston Blumenthal's thrice cooked chips
Potatoes, not the white ones, regular ones.
oil for deep frying
water to boil
pepper and chilli powder to flavour the chips
First peel and cut the chips into chips. Make sure they are equal sizes ( I used my potato chipper ).
Put the potatoes in water and wash well to remove the starch. Drain and put in a saucepan with water and a pinch salt and bring to a boil . Cook 10 minutes till tender but not all the way through.
Now drain completely. Place in a zip lock bag or freeze proof plate or tray and place in the freezer for an hour .
Heat up a pan with oil for frying, over a medium heat. Once hot add the chips(in batches) from the freezer. (because they are so cold the temperature in the oil will reduce )Fry till the chips colour a little , the outside becomes a bit light coloured but not golden.
Remove to kitchen towels or paper. Now increase the heat of the pan to full. Return the chips back into the oil ( in batches). This time it will take less time and the chips will turn a nice golden. Remove and drain any excess oil on kitchen paper.
Place in a bowl , and season with salt and pepper and a little chilli powder for an extra kick.