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Old 07-10-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Crispy fries: remove starch?

Good day everyone,

I'm trying to find the best method to remove the starch from potatos for making crispy fries.
Can someone here give me some advice for this?

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Old 07-10-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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Generally speaking, a good soaking in cold water will remove quite a bit of the starch. If I am planning ahead for fries, I will soak them for a couple hours in the fridge with some white vinegar added to the water.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:13 PM   #3
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Ok, I'll try that.

Do you happen to know why this must be cold water instead of warm water, because that's what I also read on the internet.

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Old 07-10-2011, 06:17 PM   #4
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Probably so they don't turn brown.
I don't know many vegetables that do well soaking in warm water... if any.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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That's true.

And how do you measure the white vinegar?
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:34 AM   #6
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Starch is insoluble in cold water.When placed in warm water, the starch absorbs water, swelling in size and causes the liquid to thicken.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:51 AM   #7
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I use this recipe: The potatoes are started in cold oil.

http://http://www.cooksillustrated.c...sp?docid=19884
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The type of potato makes a big difference. Older potatoes turn brown quickly and do not get/stay crispy that well. New potatoes get crispy, but don't turn golden that easily. I would go with a firm potato. Blanch, and then let them fry a minute or two longer than when they look ready. And of course, covering them after they are done, creates condensation and makes them soften up, so get eating.....
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I use this recipe: The potatoes are started in cold oil.

http://http://www.cooksillustrated.c...sp?docid=19884
I've done that before too. It does work.
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Generally speaking, a good soaking in cold water will remove quite a bit of the starch. If I am planning ahead for fries, I will soak them for a couple hours in the fridge with some white vinegar added to the water.

And how should I measure the white vinegar?
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