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Homemade French Fries

Last Modified: 06/16/11
First Published: 05/27/11
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Making homemade French Fries are pretty easy and safe to make as long as you have everything in order when you start.

Tools Needed:

  • A large, heavy-bottomed pot (cast iron, dutch oven...)
  • Enough oil to come up a few inches on the pot (canola, vegetable, oil...)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sheet Pan
  • Potatoes (Baking)
  • Spider or tongs to add and remove the fries
  • Thermometer
  • newspaper or paper towels
  • wire cooling rack
  • large bowl of water for potatoes 
  • seasonings (salt, pepper, cayenne pepper...etc)

Get everything in place and place the pot on the stove and add enough oil to come up a few inches. Turn the stovetop on medium and wait until the temp reaches 260° F. This will take about 5-10 minutes depending on how much oil you are using and what size the pot is. Don't rush the heat, hot oil is dangerous.

Cut up your potatoes to a uniform size in french fry shape. Place/soak them in a bowl of water to remove excess starch. You can do this up to 24 hours in advance. Just make sure you dry them completely before you put them in the oil. 

Once the temperature of the oil hits 260° F begin to add small batches of the cut potatoes. If you fill up the pot too much the temperature of the oil drops too fast to effectively fry them.

After a minute or two remove the fries and place them on a sheet pan lined with paper towels or newspaper with a cooling rack placed upside down to catch excess oil. The fries will look like they are not cooked but they will get another fry.

Once you have cooked all the fries at 260° F put the heat up a little bit and increase the oil temperature to 375° F. Again this will take a few minutes.

When the temp reaches 375° F again add back the fries in small batches. When they turn golden brown place them back on the sheet pan and add your seasonings (salt, pepper, cayenne pepper...etc) right away.

Eat as soon as you can. These fries have no preservatives so they do not store very well, but most likely there will be few left.