Let’s face it. There is always that one kid in the family who is addicted to french fries. I can’t blame them, if I could eat Mcdo fries everyday I would! But we don’t really know what’s in those fries, right?
Now, my 2 year old son is addicted to these little suckers. This is a dilemma for me because 1) I’m an advocate for proper nutrition & 2) They’re expensive.
Yes they are. 70 pesos for about a handful of fries? What if I told you that you can make a healthier version of these potato fries at home for only 45 pesos per kilo? all you have to do is cut them, blanch them, season and freeze. AAAAND you can substitute potatoes with kamote (sweet potatoes) for an even healthier option. i bought half a kilo (23 pesos) of potatoes and it yielded this much:
HOMEMADE FREEZER FRENCH FRIES
- 1/2 kilo or about 3 pieces medium sized potatoes
- 1 liter ice water
- salt & pepper to taste
Fill a pot halfway with water and boil. while waiting for it to boil, Peel the potatoes and cut into sticks (i cut mine about 1cm thickness per stick) or about the size of KFC french fries.
Once the water starts to boil, pour the fries into the pot and blanch it for exactly 4 MINUTES. If you cut your fries to thin (like Mcdo fries) 3 minutes will do. Now, you might have to blanch them in 2-3 batches IF your pot is too small. All the fries should be submerged in the boiling water. (blanching is the process of boiling or steaming vegetables for a very short time)
Remove the fries from the pot exactly after 4 minutes of boiling and dunk it in a basin filled with iced water. This step is essential in stopping the fries from cooking any further. The longer they stay in the ice water, the crispier they’ll be when cooked in the future. I usually leave mine for 1-2 hours. i put lots of ice in the water then put it in the fridge to ensure the water stays cold.
After 2 hours, remove the water and dry the fries with paper towels. Sprinkle Salt & Pepper to taste. At this point, you can fry them and consume afterwards. BUT if you made a big batch, like me and would want to freeze them, continue with the instructions below.
Lay them on a tray uncovered and freeze them for about an hour or 2 (you can leave them as long as you want). Once they’re frozen, put them in a ziplock bag and keep in the freezer for atleast 6 months.
I highly recommend making these in big batches since they’re a little time consuming to make. But once you have tons of fries in the fridge, its so easy to take them out for frying on movie night or study time with the kids.