30 June 2010

Home Cooking: Cold Oil French Fries (28 June 2010)

Cooking with cold oil

This is one of the most simplest and safest ways I've come across in cooking hot chips at home. I've always thought that it had to be hot oil when you cook potato chips but apparently not after first reading about this cooking method on The Stone Soup. A further Google search revealed a couple of other blog links of Domestic Agenda and RV Goddess that have used the Cold Oil method as well. Simply cut your potato chips, place in a pot, cover with cold cooking oil, then turn on the heat and watch them cook until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and serve with your favourite sea salt or seasoning. You can sift the oil after it's cooled, store in a glass bottle and reuse later.

PROS: No nasty oil splattering, Simple recipe which seems to work
CONS: Chips can stick to the bottom of the pot, Not as crispy and crunchy as perhaps other methods, Can make your home smell like oil and chips if you don't have a kitchen exhaust
MUST TRY: Remembering to get some Peanut Oil to try

Cut your chips and place in a pot

Cover your chips with cold oil. I used vegetable oil but I think I should try it with peanut oil as I believe it has a higher burning point which might be a lot healthier.

Turn the heat on full and watch your chips cook

Be sure to turn your chips. They started sticking to the bottom of the pot so you have to possibly loosen then a bit.

Watch them brown up and take them out when cooked to your liking

Drain your chips on paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt


Maria said...

I'm such a rookie, but I've never come across this method before! I've still got burn marks from my last deep frying so this definitely sounds tempting!

Unknown said...

OMG that looks delish.

Sara @ Belly Rumbles said...

ooooo interesting method I haven't come across before.

Tina said...

Wow - do they soak more/less oil this way?

Simon Leong said...

hi maria, it's pretty much the first time i've heard about it too. i think you'll definitely be OK to use this technique. pretty much splatter free so very safe.

hi christine, hope you get a chance to try it out.

hi sara, see how it works for you. i'll be doing it this way again when i'm craving from fries.

hi tina, i thought it would soak up the oil more but actually i don't think it really did. pretty much the same as deep frying with hot oil although this way it seems to cook the inside better :-)

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