how do you “blanch” potato’s for french fries?

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  • Blanching for fries is different than blanching other veggies. Please do not listen to the people who told you to blanch your fries in hot water.

    You put them in the hot oil for abut 45 second to a mintes. let them drain and cool then drop them again to get crunchy and golden brown. Let me share a few other tips on making fries with you:


    Okay this will seem like a lot of steps but it really is worth it and not that much work just a lot of steps.

    Slice the potatoes, you can leave the skin on if you wish.

    Rinse a time or 2 in cold water and then soak in cold water. At least one hour. Drian and dry well. I even go as far as laying them on a clean dish rag/towel. Make sure there is not anywater dripping off of them. This will make your oil bubble and boil over as well as break it down sooner so you can;t use it again.

    Heat the oil to 350. If you have a fryer this is easier but not neccesary.I heat my oil on hi then reduce heat to med-hi when I start adding fries.

    Fry once for just 2-3 minutes. Remove from oil and drain-I know they aren’t fully cooked or browned yet. Once they cool a bit, drop them back in the oil until nice and golden brown. Drain again.

    Season as desired. DO NOT season your fries before adding them to the oil-adding salt to the soaking water is okay if you choose to do so. If you season them before frying you will just burn the seasoning and ruin your fries and oil.


    And if you are in the mood for a change of pace try these.

    Sweet Potato Fries

    You can buy frozen sweet potatoes and those are very nice to have on hand but if you really want to make your own here is how to do it.

    Sweet potatoes are hard to peel, and even more work to cut. So first you need to prep the potatoes.

    Put the sweet potatoes in the micrwave for about 3-5 min. You dont want the potatoes cooked all the way but a little softer-but still crisp and this will also help the skin to release a lot easier.

    As soon as you can touch the potatoes peel the skin off using a paring knife.

    Then when they are a bit cooler start to slice into thin fry size strips.

    Heat some oil in a deep fyer or large thick bottomed and walled pot to 350 degrees.

    Drop the potatoes into the hot oil and fry until crisp and there is just a touch of color ont the potatoes remove from the oil and drian on papertowels or brown paper bags.

    Season how ever you like, cinnamon sugar, brown sugar etc… But I like just plain old salt and ketchup.

    ****Keep an eye on the fries. Sweet potatoes go from perfect to bitter and burnt in less than the blink of an eye.

  • Blanching Potatoes

  • if making french fries the best way to “blanch” is to deep fry first. Heat oil add french fries and when a skin starts to form on potato, remove from oil and place on paper towel and allow to cool.. then fry or oven bake.

    with baked potatoes or wedges you can speed up the cooking process by blanching potatoes in salted boiling water. when the inside of potato is changing colour they are ready. allow to drain and cool and cook when required.

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    how do you “blanch” potato’s for french fries?


    Personally I like the skins it is where the nutrients are so I leave them on, if I am making them for others I peel them, Ialso bake instead of fry I just add a little olive oil and bake at a higher heat and sweet potato fries are my favorite 🙂

  • Blanch comes from the French word for Whiten.

    It means to stop them from turning brown, by killing the enzyme.

    You can either dip them briefly in the hot oil of a deep fryer;

    or you can store them in water combined with a little vinegar.

  • If you have a lot of potatoes and want to freeze them for french fries… Slice them how you want. Put into boiling water for about 2 minutes. Drain very well on towels. It works the best to spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze and later put them into a bag. They turn out just fine then when you deep fry them.

  • blanch potatofrench fries

  • First you have to boil the cut french fries in water. Turn off the heat once the water starts to boil. Then rinse with cold water and lay them flat on paper towel until dry. Once the french fries are dried, then you can begin to fry them.

  • It means boiling them briefly to par cook them.

    Make sure you drain and dry them thoroughly.

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