French fries with a touch of salt create delicious explosions of flavor for many fast food addicts. Always beside a cheeseburger or a hot dog, like a superhero's sidekick, the deep fried potato chunks produce a loyal fondness from children to adults. Making this savory appetizer at home entails light labor and patience, but the end result is homemade fries that are better tasting than any fast food chain could dish out.
Turn on and preheat the deep fryer to 400 degrees before you start preparing the potatoes into fries. This allows for the cooking oil in the deep fryer to reach it's boiling point.
Peel the potato if you prefer the taste of fries without the potato skin on them. Most of the nutrients are in the body of the potato, but the skin retains valuable fibers, according to Potatos.com.
Cut the potato in half, lengthwise. Cut the potato in half if the length is too long. Slice out long square chunks and push them to the side until you have your desired amount. Not all the chunks will be square.
Test the oil in the deep fryer by sacrificing one fry into the oil. If the oil begins to bubble up and make a static-like noise, then the oil is deeply cooking the potato at approximately 400 degrees.
Set all the potatoes you sliced into the deep fryer basket and then lower the basket into the cooking oil. Allow to cook for approximately 20 minutes to a half hour. The fries will be done cooking when they float to the top and their color is slightly golden.
Raise the basket from the deep fryer and allow the cooking oil to drain. Prepare a large plate or bowl with paper towels and dump the fries onto the plate to allow the paper towel to soak up more cooking oil. Salt the fries to your liking and then enjoy the taste.