I had a big, crazy recipe planned for this week, but then TJ got sick, and I got sick and yadda, yadda. Basically, life with kids happened. But I still wanted to do something fun for potato week, so I thought I would show you guys my best friend, my vintage french fry cutter!
- Fry Cutter or knife
- Vegetable Oil
- Salt, Pepper and Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese to serve
- Scrub and rinse your potatoes, dry them thoroughly. Cut them with your fry cutter or a plain old knife into even fry strips. Immediately toss cut fries into a bowl of cold water, and let them soak in there for about an hour.
- Scoop fries from the soaking water and immediately put them into boiling water. (I usually work in 1-2 lb batches.) Boil them for 1-2 minutes, depending on how thick your fries are. Scoop them out of the boiling water and immediately put them in ice water until they are cool. Dry fries out by spreading them on paper towel, then toss with 1 tablespoon of oil for every pound of fries. Spread out on a large cookie sheet and freeze in your freezer until firm. Transfer them to a gallon freezer bag or a container, and keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. Ours usually don't last that long.
- To Prepare Frozen Fries:
- Fry in your home fryer at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. If you want crispy fries, make sure you double fry them. The length of time depends on your fry thickness, so make sure to keep testing them.
- Or you can bake them in your oven at 375 degrees for 15-17 minutes. When fries are done, immediately toss them with salt and pepper. If you like "fancy" fries, you can toss them with a liberal sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan cheese and garlic salt.
These are Homemade French Fries!
So, I know you can get new fry cutters on Amazon , but honestly most of the reviews for these aren’t great. If you can find one of these vintage fry cutters, (affiliate links) I would encourage you to get it. This thing is pretty heavy duty, and we cut about 50 pounds of potatoes this year into fries. No joke. It’s potato season here in Michigan, so if you are out and about you can find “on your honor” roadside carts where you can get 50 pound bags of potatoes for $8. The prices aren’t as good this year as previous years, where the bags were buy one get one free, but 50 pounds of potatoes is a lot of potatoes and no one really needs that free bag.
So, my recipe is for homemade frozen fries, because no matter how much Tom loves fries, he can’t eat 50 pounds of fries in one sitting.
We use a method that we found a few years ago in a vintage cookbook. Unfortunately, I can’t remember which cookbook it is, other than it had a red cover. But, after cutting and soaking the fries, we blanch them quickly, and then toss them with a little oil before freezing them.
Here is a sheet of fries, ready for the freezer! After that you can either fry the frozen fries in a fryer if you have one, otherwise you can bake them in the oven. Either way they turn out great!
Does anyone out there make and freeze homemade french fries? Please share in the comments!