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Crispy Homemade French Fries

This recipe provides you with the easiest fastest way to make delicious french fries at home. When making french fries at home, we don’t need all the extra additives used to make the crispiest fries. One thing you need to know is any good french fry starts with russet potatoes. Start by peeling the potatoes, now, you want to make them super thin about an eighth of an inch. We are going to use refined peanut oil, it has a high smoke point and a natural taste. Then we are going to add citric acid which will ensure freshness in the oil and keep it from splattering.

We are also going to add sugar, the added sugar caramelizing during the drying process gives the french fries that distinct golden color. Whisk in some corn syrup in a bowl then add our cur french fries, place in a refrigerator and let them rest for about 30 minutes., this will help remove excess starch. After 30 minutes, remove the potatoes and dry them with a paper towel. Heat the peanut oil to 375 degrees, we are going to fry our french fries for about 90 seconds or until they are a light golden brown color and don’t overcrowd the fryer, just a little at a time. Once all you’re done, let them drain on a baking sheet and place them back in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes and let them chill.

Once, you remove them from the fridge, its time to fry them again. The first time we fried them, we break down starch, by double frying then at a slightly higher temperature, it’s going to take away all the starch leaving it with the crispy crunch. We are going to heat our oi to 400 degrees Celcius then start frying the french fries the second time for 5 to 6 minutes or until perfectly golden brown. Add salt when you take the french fries off the fryer.

Ingredients;

  • 2 Idaho russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 cups peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup beef lard
  • 2 teaspoons salt, to taste

Instructions;

  1. Peel potatoes and julienne the peeled potatoes into shoestring french fries.
  2. They should be 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch thick and about 4 inches to 6 inches long.
  3. In a large bowl combine corn syrup and water, being sure to mix thoroughly until the corn syrup is evenly distributed.
  4. Add the french fries to the sugar water solution. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  5. While the french fries are soaking, in a heavy bottomed stockpot or deep fryer, heat peanut oil in a deep fryer until it reaches 375ºF.
  6. Remove french fries from sugar water and pat dry. Carefully add them to the oil and partially fry them for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
  7. They should just start to turn a light golden brown. Remove them from the fryer and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  8. Place them in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. While they’re cooling, add the beef fat to the peanut oil. Heat the oil to 400ºF.
  10. Remove the french fries from the freezer and carefully add them back to the beef fat oil. Fry for 5 to 7 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  11. Drain the french fries and place in a large bowl.
  12. Sprinkle generously with salt and toss the fries until they are coated. Serve immediately.
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