Tips For Cooking Homemade French Fries


French fries are very popular around the world. They can be found in almost every cafe and restaurant. This comfort food can also be prepared at home. The following are tips for cooking homemade French fries.

Forget Potatoes

Most people think that French fries can only be made from Irish potatoes. The truth, however, is that fries can be made from a wide range of root vegetables, including sweet potatoes, rutabagas, parsnips and celery root among others. You can also add some spices, such as rosemary, to enhance the taste of your homemade fries. For instance, rosemary can be added to baked parsnips fries to create an incredibly delicious snack.

Try New Shapes

When making homemade French fries, you do not need to cut your potatoes or parsnips to the traditional shape of French fries. You can try new shapes. For instance, you can make crunchy fries by slicing the sweet potatoes or rutabagas into shoelace-thin pieces. However, if you like soft french fries, you can slice the pieces to the standard length and width.

Use Healthy Cooking Oil

Vegetable oils are great for frying chips, but you can also experiment with duck fat or lard. The chips can be deep fried at optimal temperature of 350 degrees. Please note that French fries that have been cooked using duck fat have a superb taste. Once you start using duck fat, you may never want to use any other type of oil or fat. This is because it has an intoxicating fragrance.

Add the Best Salt

French fries without salt is tasteless and worthless. Since there are many types of salts, you can choose one that suits you best. From sea salt varieties and mushroom salt to a combination of sichuan-sesame, coffee-paprika and chipotle-lime, the choice is yours. Adding finely chopped herbs, dried garlic and fennel seeds will enhance the taste of normal salt.

Get the Best Dip

Adding ketchup to your fries while eating at your local eatery may be fine, but when making homemade french fries, you should try to be a little creative. Try adding a mixture of lemon zest, cracked black pepper, caramelized onions and chopped chives to your fries.