Tasty Tuesday – French Fries From Scratch

 photo french fries_zpsukzdzfqf.jpgOnce I learned to cook, I wanted to figure out how many things we buy that I could make instead. So far I’ve failed at yogurt and bread, but making homemade french fries was a million times easier than I thought it would be, plus they’re cheaper and healthier too! I definitely realized that when looking through the sale paper last week and noticing that I could buy 5 pounds of potatoes for $1.77, or a bag of premade, frozen french fries for $1.88. Of course, those are sale prices and they vary, but for a small price, I can buy an entire bag of potatoes for multiple meals, or a bag of fries for maybe two meals.

I bought the potatoes and made one batch of french fries and a batch of mashed potatoes last night, and still had five potatoes left over. I noticed that they were starting to sprout, so I decided to make french fries this morning to use them up and freeze for later.

Making them is easy. Wash your potatoes and peel them if you want. I leave the skins on. I use 3-4 potatoes, depending on size. I had 5 left over and that made two batches. Chop them into wedges, or smaller if you want thinner fries. You can even use a fancy chopper if you want. Throw them into a zip top bag and pour some olive oil in with them. You probably only need a couple of tablespoons or a bit more.

This is where you can get creative. Season them however you want by pouring your seasoning into the bag. I just keep it simple and sprinkle salt and pepper on them. Try some garlic powder/salt, or something spicy.

Put them on a baking sheet, with or without foil, but make sure you grease the sheet with a nonstick oil of your choice. They stick pretty badly.

Bake at 425 for 30-40 minutes. I’d check them at 30 minutes and continue to watch them turn golden brown until you figure out how long they take in your oven.

I usually make them fresh so I’ve never frozen them before, but if you want to, let the fries cool and then pop the sheet into the freezer for a while. Store them in a container of your choice and heat them up at the same temperature.

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