Crispy French Fries

Another Serious Eats recipe here – this was a little messy and time consuming (especially because a lot of oil splattered because my container was too small) but definitely yummy. Ignore the candy in this pic – part of the Bob’s Burger theme to the meal.

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2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch fries (keep potatoes stored in a bowl of water)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
Kosher salt
2 quarts peanut oil

Place potatoes and vinegar in saucepan and add 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain and spread on paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet. Allow to dry five minutes.

Heat oil in 5-quart Dutch oven or large wok (clearly I should have noticed the “5 quart here) over high heat to 400°F. Add 1/3 of fries to oil (oil temperature should drop to around 360°F). Cook for 50 seconds, agitating occasionally with wire mesh spider, then remove to second paper-towel lined rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining potatoes (working in two more batches), allowing oil to return to 400°F after each addition. Allow potatoes to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Continue with step 3, or for best results, freeze potatoes at least over night, or up to 2 months (I didn’t do the freezing step).

Return oil to 400°F over high heat. Fry half of potatoes until crisp and light golden brown, about 3 1/2 minutes, adjusting heat to maintain at around 360°F. Drain in a bowl lined with paper towels and season immediately with kosher salt. Cooked fries can be kept hot and crisp on a wire rack set on a sheet tray in a 200°F oven while second batch is cooked. Serve immediately.

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