French fries are an essential part of the kitchen, whether it’s a meal or a side dish. However, it can be difficult to control their oiliness. Luckily, there’s a foolproof way to ensure fries are crispy and tender without having to submerge them in oil. Discover our tips for choosing the right potatoes and cooking them to perfection.
Burgers, steaks, mussels and roasts all taste better with fries, but it’s important to make sure they’re cooked correctly. Luckily, we have a tip to help you make sure your fries come out perfect every time.
Start by choosing your potatoes carefully
Before moving on to cooking, it is essential to take into account the quality of your tuber. Indeed, there are a myriad of varieties on the market, and it is not always easy to find the one that will perfectly suit your fries. To obtain a good result and favor a good raw material, the ideal is to opt for Bintje potatoes.
The Charlotte potato is easily identifiable by its yellowish color, its round or oval shape, and its floury texture. It is interesting because of its high starch content, which produces a crispy crust when cooked. Although the Charlotte potato can be used to make French fries, it is more suited to steaming.
A foolproof recipe with vinegar for dry and crispy fries
Once you have chosen your potatoes, the question of cooking arises. How to avoid too greasy fries while preserving their crispness? To this problem, one solution stands at the top of the list: white vinegar, an unparalleled ally in the kitchen. Here’s how to use it:
Have the following ingredients:
Oil for frying
1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of white vinegar
How to prepare your fries?
1. To start, peel your potatoes and cut them into sticks.
2. Then pour them into a large basin and add the white vinegar, making sure that they are all coated.
3. Cover your fries with cold water and let the preparation rest for around ten minutes.
4. Pour everything into a colander, then dry the fries with a clean cloth and tap lightly to remove excess water.
5. Pour your fries back into a bowl and sprinkle the cornstarch over the sticks, mixing everything together.
Cook the fries in two batches for maximum crispiness
Once you have added the oil to your fryer, make sure the temperature reaches 160°C before adding your fries. This will cook the inside of your fries without browning them. Once they reach the top of the oil, remove them and let them sit.
For the second cooking phase, increase the temperature of your oil bath to between 180 and 190°C. Then return the fries to the fryer for about 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Once they are cooked, remove them from the fryer and season them with salt according to your preferences. And now they are ready to eat!
What about cooking fries in the oven?
If you prefer not to use a fryer, or if you want to opt for a healthier alternative, you can cook your fries in the oven. Place the fries (which should first be dried with a tea towel) on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, making sure they are not touching each other. Drizzle them with a little olive oil and cook them for 25 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. This same cooking method can also be used to make delectable parmesan zucchini fries.
Enjoy your food !