Yesterday I tried making French fries, but they were not crispy.
I heard that if I use 2 spoonfuls of Mobil oil with soybean oil, the fries will be much crispier.
Is that true?
Or is there any way to make them crispy?
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Not to take anything away from the answers already existing for this question, but I want to add one more reference: Kenji Alt's in depth opus on creating the McDonald's style fry at home.
In summary, his method is to:
You will note this is a variant on the traditional double-fry method outlined in Kevin Dickerson's answer.
See the linked article for all of the science, the details, and a linked recipe.
I don't know how exactly you fried them, but normally, the second time you deep-fry them is to get them crisp. Make sure you deep-fry them at a hot temperature (180-190°C or 355-375°F). If they aren't crisp enough for you after two minutes, leave them in for another minute and check again.
Another thing I've heard a lot (but without actual proof) is that you best not rinse the potatoes after you've cut them. You'd rinse all the starch off and it would be the starch that gives you a nice crust.
If you want to make fries the way your favorite restaurant does, you need only a few things.
Stuff you need
Some notes from the idahopotato.com FAQ:
What is the difference between No. 1 and No. 2 Potatoes?
No. 1 potatoes are typically better shaped with less defects than No. 2's. No. 2 potatoes bake and taste the same but may have pointed ends, more bruising, etc. Restaurant operators use No. 2 potatoes when the final appearance does not have to be as attractive a potato shape, for example for mashed, hash browns or French fries.
How do I achieve the best results when frying Idaho Potatoes?
When frying, the high solids content of Idaho Potatoes decreases oil absorption, guaranteeing crispier potatoes. In addition, Idaho Potatoes shrink less when fried and retain their shape better than moister potatoes. Before frying potatoes, rinse them in cold water to remove starch, which can cause the potatoes to stick together during the frying process. For crispier potatoes, soak the potatoes in salt water for several minutes before cooking. Be sure to always use clean oil, heated to the proper temperature--food dropped in improperly heated oil will absorb the fat and take longer to cook. Oil should be heated slowly. If a good thermometer isn't available, drop a potato strip into the oil and observe. If it sinks and the surrounding oil doesn't react, the oil isn't hot enough. If the oil bubbles around the strip and the potato remains on top, the temperature is ideal.
Keep checking the cooking oil for acrid odors while cooking; strong odors indicate that the oil is beginning to burn. Be sure to never leave frying potatoes unattended.
The two time fry method is the one we use here in Belgium too. (Never seen it fry more than once by design). The temperature is very important. We usually use a sunflower based oil but traditionally (but unfortunately unhealthily) we use ox fat. (At least I think it is called that in English). Basically it is a fat from cows. At room temperature it is a solid (you can buy it in bricks). It is white hence the name literally translated is "oxen white". I do find fries fried in ox fat tasting better than in any kind of vegetable oil.
The French way or Belgian way (hard to make the difference) to make them is:
1/ Choose the right potato bread, I don't know which ones are available where you live, but for instance, in France or in Belgium, "bintje" is fine. It doesn't absorb oil too much. Having the right potato is very important. The best ones for french fries are the mealy one.
2/ Wash them and peel them. Don't use sprouted potatoes or green ones, they are toxic. It's not always necessary to wash the potatoes after peeling them, for fries, there are 2 ways to do it, some people prefer to remove the starch by washing them and dry them thoroughly with a dry and clean towel, or absorbent paper, they can be less crusty, but will stick less together.
3/ There are several ways to cut them according to French cuisine, you can make the "Pont-Neuf" cut, for instance, for this example, let say we cut them as stick of 2 cm of width or 0,5 cm if you want "allumettes". The way to cut is important, because with some cuts, you will have more sides exposed to the oil. The ideal is to have a lot of sides, and to keep a lot of potato inside the stick, to be soft. Hard, crusty, golden at the exterior, and very soft and creamy at the interior, it's the perfect fry.
4/ Choose well your oil, it has to be a oil that an oil that supports high temperatures (so olive oil is a no-no), some people says that animal gives a very good savour, like "blanc de bœuf", that is a French brand of beef fat that is said to be ideal for fries. If you are into vegetal fats, sunflower oil, or grapfruit seed oil are probably fine.
5/ Here the most important part, the temperature of oil!
You have to cook them twice. Yes, twice.
The first time is a pre-cooking, first oil bath: 160°C/170°C for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain them well by stirring them. It cooks the interior of the fry.
Second oil bath: 180°C/190°C for 2 minutes, to make them golden and crusty. Remove the oil with an absorbent paper. Add salt, and a little of mayonnaise , or a mix mayonnaise + mustard, or mayonnaise + piment, on your plate, to let people dip them in the mayonnaise, but no sauce directly on the fries, it has to be made the last moment, just before eating them.
The other day I made a very crispy and healthy french fry without frying; we couldn't find the candy thermometer.
This recipe is the one I use for home made chips, measurements taken in Celsius like the rest of the civilized world but it's on the money. Just use a potato most like the "Maris Piper" variety you can get locally wherever you live, i.e. in Australia we use Sebago (I think that's them!) and follow this recipe, key is to dry them out in the freezer after 1st and 2nd cooking stages. Boiling them to the point of starting to flake on the edges and almost mashable makes them super crispy after 1st fry, 2nd fry makes them amazing! I use a temperature controlled deep fryer to do them in a mix of olive and sesame oil at 130 for first cook (celsius!) and 180-190 for second. 190 does them a bit crispier and slightly more cooked.