I tried making turnip fries the other day and they were horribly bitter. If am planning to fry them like french fries how long should I boil them in the salt, vinegar and lemon juice so that they don't get too mushy? I have never prepared turnips as a potato before.Thanks

  • Welcome to Seasoned Advice! ;-) It's quite clear what the problem is, but for the future could you please describe more clearly what you're doing exactly: I can deduce you're trying to parboil the turnips, but I wouldn't: I'd just cut them up in smaller (McDonald's size) fries and soak them overnight in as little water as possible as per the answer... 0:-)
    – Fabby
    Dec 10, 2018 at 21:48
  • Sure, I just saw this solution of parboiling them from someone else. I will certainly try and be clearer next time. So nothing in the water or follow Fabby's suggestion with as little water as possible? I thinly sliced them when I tried to prepare them Friday just slice and fry and that did not work out well at all. Dec 10, 2018 at 22:58
  • So? How did the Gin&Turnip turn out? (or keeping it for next time?) ;-)
    – Fabby
    Dec 12, 2018 at 18:47
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    I haven't tried it yet, I need to by some gin, I only have Crown Royal at home, I think that is brandy? Not sure, it's my husbands thing. :-) I had a bout with declining health for one day... not enough electrolytes I assume because as soon as I got some in me I was A-OK. Needless to say, I slept all day and all night Tuesday. Dec 13, 2018 at 14:28
  • Angela, did you ever get a chance to try??? (Just got another upvote on this today and still wondering...) ;-)
    – Fabby
    Mar 3, 2019 at 6:55

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First of all: you made me laugh because I misread the title as "Bitter Trump Fries"... :D

Secondly: if they're too bitter, there are a few things you can do by soaking them overnight in the fridge with water with one of the following:

  • a dash of honey (take warm tap water and let it cool down after you've added the honey)
  • a dash of lemon (or better: lime) juice
  • a dash of gin

How much is "a dash"?
Well, for 500g / a pound of turnip: a coffee spoon or maximum 2 depending how bitter they taste raw.

  • Thank you Fabby I will try this. I am really missing french fries since I have been low-no carb. I really wanted to curb this desire. Dec 10, 2018 at 21:35
  • @AngelaJohnsonAppy I'm just a midget here: please wait a while because maybe some of the giants here on the site will come up with an even better idea! And if you're trying no-carb: skip the honey. For low-carb: use half a dash! ;-)
    – Fabby
    Dec 10, 2018 at 21:36
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    I was going to try the gin, actually. :-) Thanks I will give it some time. Dec 10, 2018 at 21:38
  • Well... I put that one last, but ... ;-)
    – Fabby
    Dec 10, 2018 at 21:45

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