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French Fries


Oil for cooking
A heavy pot or electric deep frier
Deep frying thermometer
A sharp knife and cutting board or a French fry cutter
Large Idaho or similar potatoes (do not use new potatoes)


Step 1

Pour oil in pot or deep frier and heat to 325F. While oil is heating, peel the potatoes and trim to fit French fry cutter or cut them into fries with a 1/4 x 1/4 or 1/2 x 1/2 inch cross section. If using a frier with a basket, lower it into the oil for a minute to heat it. Put fries in thr basket and lower or carefully drop them into the hot oil. Do not try to cook too many at a time as it lowers the oil temperature. Frying about 1 1/2 cups at a time is best. Deep fry for 3 minutes to seal the potatoes. Drain on paper towels and let sit for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Bring oil temperature up to 375F. Deep fry potatoes a second time for about 4 minutes, or until browned. Immediately drain well on paper towels and salt lightly. Serve warm.

Note: Potatoes my be held up to 3 hours between first and second fryings.

Note: Heat oven to 200 degrees and keep each batch warm as you make the rest of the french fries.

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