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Potato Chips, Freshly Made at Home

Homemade Potato Chips - Fresh, Nutritious and Deliciously Crisp

When you cannot or prefer not to rely on store bought versions of this popular snack food, you can, indeed, do-it-yourself at home.

Tasty and Easy Alternatives to Store-Bought

Tasty and Easy Alternatives to Store-Bought

Kitchen tools and utensils that you might normally reserve for use in preparing foods for storage can often be put to use in other areas as well. In addition, these "other areas" need not be limited to meal preparation.  Consider a widely popular snack food, the potato chip.  You do not have to depend solely upon commercial food companies for access to this treat.  It can be made in your very own kitchen.

You begin, of course, with the potato.  Many recipes call for it to be sliced "paper thin", and you probably wouldn't want slices any thicker than about 1/8 inch. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use your mandolin vegetable slicer.  Often used for preparing fruits and vegetables for canning or dehydrating, it can certainly be put to good use here, providing uniform, potato slices that are quickly and easily created.

Online potato chip recipes abound.  Here are four that promise to satisfy your cravings for the salty crunchiness that characterizes this well known snack food.

1. Homemade Potato Chips from Life's Ambrosia

You will need:
  • 2 lbs russet potatoes sliced 1/8" thick (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1.5 cups canola oil for frying
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a 2 qt. sauce pan.
  2. Cook potatoes in batches until golden brown and crispy (about 6 minutes).
  3. Remove the chips from the oil onto a paper towel line plate.
  4. Season immediately with salt and pepper.  You want the chips to be hot so that the spices will adhere to them better.  
  5. Serve.
2. My Homemade Light as Air Potato Chips from Steamy Kitchen

Recommended pieces of equipment:
  • Mandoline
  • Deep fryer
  1. Slice potatoes (1/16") and soak for about 30 minutes in clean water (to remove excess starch)
  2. Drain and  dry, using paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible
  3. Heat deep fryer to 375 and insert potato slices (making sure they do not stick to each other and are all under the oil).
  4. Fry until golden brown.
  5. Drain on a baking sheet with rack.
  6. While chips are hot, season with salt.
  7. Serve with your favorite dip.

3. Potato Chips by Jessica from Allrecipes.com

Here's a potato chip recipe variation using your microwave. It promises a low calorie, cholesterol free end product.

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 potato sliced thin (peel optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  1. Pour the vegetable oil into a plastic bag
  2. Add potato slices and shake to coat.
  3. Coat a large dinner plate lightly with oil or cooking spray. Arrange potato slices in a single layer on the dish.
  4. Cook in the microwave for 3to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.  (If not browned they will not become crisp.
  5. Remove chips from plate, and toss with salt (or other seasonings). Let cool.  Repeat process with the remaining potato slices.  You will not need to keep oiling the plate.

4. Golden Herb Potato Chips from Sad to Raw

This recipe calls for the use of your food dehydrator.  Cooking time, of course, would be longer, but once again you would end up with an oil free product.
  • 7 large, well scrubbed Yukon Gold (or other golden) potatoes.  This amount will fill a 9 tray dehydrator.
  • fresh lemon juice
  • savory sprinkles
    • salt to taste
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • yellow flake yeast
    • a little cayenne (optional)
  1. Slice the potatoes as thin as possible (paper thin)
  2. Dip in a bowl of fresh lemon juice to retard discoloration.
  3. Layer on mesh dehydrator sheet and spray lightly with a pan spray.
  4. Sprinkle lightly with savory sprinkles.
  5. Dehydrate for several hours at 110 degrees until crispy and crunchy.
  6. Cool well and bag in an airtight container
  7. Great for dipping of just eating for pleasure.

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