It's easier than you think to make crispy french fries in your kitchen. For these fries, the potatoes are cut and then frozen to remove excess moisture. Plus, having a freezer stocked with pre-cut fries means most of the prep is done in advance.
Crinkle cut fries
- 1 pound potatoes
- Canola oil, for deep-frying
- Kosher salt
To make the fries:
1. Peel potatoes, and submerge in a bowl of cold water to keep them from turning brown.
2. With the crinkle cutter, cut the potato lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices.
3. Cut each potato slice lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick fries.
4. Rinse the fries in cold water, then simmer over medium heat until just tender.
5. Transfer the boiled fries to a wire rack to drain and cool. Pat with paper towels.
6. Pour canola oil into a heavy, deep pot and heat until 350°F. Working in batches, fry until potatoes are pale gold and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain.
7. Spread the fries on a baking pan and freeze to wick remaining moisture. At this point, they can be frozen in a plastic bag for future frying.
To cook the fries:
1. Pour the oil into a heavy, deep pot to a depth of 4 inches. Heat over medium-high heat until the temperature of the oil reaches 350°F on a candy thermometer.
2. Use a wire spider or slotted spoon to carefully lower the frozen fries into the hot oil. Deep-fry until they're deep golden brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the fries to paper towels to drain. Salt and serve immediately.