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Old 12-05-2006, 04:03 AM   #1
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Best Potatoes for hot chips

What is the best potatoes to use for hot chips?
Also what is the best way to cook them?
i.e. boil them first or fry slowly then on a higher heat?

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Old 12-05-2006, 06:24 AM   #2
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What is the best potatoes to use for hot chips?
Also what is the best way to cook them?
i.e. boil them first or fry slowly then on a higher heat?

Thanks
Regga, I cook lots of fresh chips each day so perhaps you could tell us what varietes you can get to start with. For me, Sebago is about the only choice and they work fine.
You can par-boil them first or you can par-fry them, either way works fine. 165C for the first cook in oil then crank it up to say 180C to finnish them, don't go to hot. If your potato contains to much sugar it will burn before it's cooked, some varietes naturally contain sugar and some make sugar from being to cold, so don't store them in a fridge. Soak the starch out of them when you first make them, it takes only a few minutes in a tub of water, then dry them well.
I coat mine in batter which stops them from shrinking and gives them a nice crunch.
I'm sure you will get many good ideas from the others
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Old 12-05-2006, 07:52 AM   #3
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I use russets fried at 325F for five minutes then 370 'til golden.
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:10 PM   #4
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regga, You may find more answers to your question in the vegetables forum. There was a thread in there by corazon about french fries/chips or something to that idea.
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:10 PM   #5
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I thin slice and bake at 400*. Spray the pan and potato tops with oil, turn when brown.
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:24 PM   #6
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I thin slice and bake at 400*. Spray the pan and potato tops with oil, turn when brown.
Sounds good Gretchen, like oven baked potato chips. I was thinking the question was about "french fries," but I could be wrong.
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:54 PM   #7
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Sounds good Gretchen, like oven baked potato chips. I was thinking the question was about "french fries," but I could be wrong.
Could be if he is English.
In that case, the potatoes can be fried at 350* until light brown, cooled and then refied at 375* until crisp and brown.
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When I'm in a hurry, I use Russet potatoes and actually bake them in the microwave. Sounds crazy, but give it a try....

I spray a baking stone very generously, and use only one layer of sliced potatoes. I spray the top of the taters a little then sprinkle with Mrs. Dash Steak Seasoning and a little salt. In my microwave, they cook for only 2.5 minutes and they're perfectly brown, crisp and tasty. Plus, I believe they are fat free! I also like to dip them in ranch. Mmmm!
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:40 PM   #9
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One of the reasons there is a place to fill in your "Location" (where you live) in your profile is to help reduce confusion with things like this. Obviously a "chip" in UK/AU is not the same as the US.

For "English chips" the best would probably be something like a Russett (mealy) ... and if you want tender on the inside and crispy on the outside you would use the 2-stage frying method (cook at a lower temp, cool then refry at a higher temp).
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Maris Piper if you can get them I'd say. 160C for 5 minutes, 190C for 3. Thats English Chips, fries so to speak.
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