Food - Drink
The Extra Step For Crispier French Fries
By CYRENA GOURDEAU
French fries are amazing in any form they come in, whether they're thin cut, standard cut, waffle fries, curly fries, or wedge fries. The one thing they all fries should have in common is a texture that's perfectly crispy, and the best way to achieve this at home involves one easy prep step before you fry them.
Kelly Dobkin of Bon Appétit recommends pre-cooking your potatoes before frying them. “The secret is to briefly poach them in boiling water (or ‘blanch’ them) before they go into the hot oil," she writes for the site. "This ensures that the fries are cooked all the way through before getting crisped up in the fryer.”
To blanch your potatoes, you need to bring a pot of water to a boil and then cook the fries in the water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Next, strain the potatoes and submerge them in a bowl of water with ice cubes for 5 minutes, remove them and let them dry for about 15 minutes, and then get ready to fry them for perfect results.