Day 31 : How to make crispy French fries

Have you ever wondered, why are French fries called French fries? Did they really come from France? Let me tell you, no they didn’t originate in France. In fact, the history says they were first made in Belgium. The poor villagers of Belgium used to depend on fish for their meals. But during the winter months, the rivers froze and since fishing wasn’t possible they turned towards veggies, mainly potatoes. They fried them the same way in lots of oil. And that’s how French fries came into being. But then again, why are they called French fries. That’s because they were mainly being eaten by French soldiers, who were in Belgium during the world war. And that’s why they happened to be called the French Fries, although now we know that they aren’t actually French.

One of the most loved ways in which potatoes are made, these French fries are eaten worldwide. They are one of the main constituents in burger joints and fast foods outlets. Young and old, all grab for those last pieces of fries. You can make those crispy little delights right at your home. This is how you make them perfectly – crispy on the outside and soft inside.

Cut the potatoes into fingers. Soak them in a bowl of ice cold water. Leave for five minutes.

Remove and dry on a tissue paper or kitchen towel.

Heat oil on a medium heat. I use Pure Wesson Vegetable oil. This has zero trans fats and zero cholesterol. It helps me stay healthy while indulging in oily treats. Now fry the potatoes till it is just cooked. You do not have to brown them at this stage. Remove from the oil and keep aside.

Now turn the stove onto high heat. When the oil is really hot, where you begin to see bubbles, drop in your fries and cook it brown. You have to be really quick as we do not want the fries to burn. Also if the oil is not very hot, your fries will turn soggy and the crispness will be gone.

Drain on a tissue paper. Sprinkle salt over them when still hot.

Enjoy with tomato ketchup! I prefer to have them with Heinz Sriracha Tomato Ketchup! Spicy and Yummy!

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