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How do I freeze homemade french fries?

Select mature potatoes. Pare and cut potatoes lengthwise into one-fourth inch thick strips. Rinse quickly in cold water and dry well on paper towels. Use either the oven or oil method for "blanching".


Oven method: Arrange potato strips on shallow baking pan; brush with melted butter or margarine; bake at 450 degrees F just until potatoes begin to turn brown, turning occasionally. Cool quickly in refrigerator.


Oil method: Blanch potato strips in oil heated to 370 degrees F until tender but not brown; drain; cool quickly in refrigerator.


Place prepared strips in moisture-vapor-proof containers or in freezer bags. Seal, label, and freeze. Recommended maximum storage time is two months.


To serve, return frozen potatoes to baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees F until golden brown, turning occasionally. Or deep fat fry potatoes at 390 degrees F until golden and crisp.                 



Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia




Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009



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