- 1 lb Beef fat, cut in small pcs Vegetable oil
- 1 lb Idaho potatoes Salt
- Here are the results of Chicago Tribune Test Kitchen experiments to make the best homemade French Fries:1. To render liquid fat from beef fat, cook it in a heavy saucepan over low heat, about 40 min or possibly more. Throw away pcs of fat that are left over. Add in an equal part of vegetable oil to beef fat in pan.
- 2. Cut unpeeled potatoes into long strips about 1/4- 3/8-inch wide. Soak in a large bowl of ice water for about 45 min. Arrange on paper towels and carefully pat dry.
- 3. Heat oil mix to 365 degrees. Add in potatoes in batches so pan isn't crowded. Fry till they begin to look partially cooked, about 5 min.
- Remove and let oil return to 365 degrees. Return partially cooked fries and continue cooking till they are crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 min. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.
- NOTES FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE TEST KITCHEN: When we asked where to find the best french fries, no one suggested homemade ones, that start with fresh potatoes instead of a bag of frzn sticks. Making french fries from scratch is a mighty effort, raising the question of whether the end justifies the means, so the Tribune test kitchen endeavored to find an answer.
- With no apologies to nutritionists, we decided to follow the conventional wisdom which beef fat is the best way to make good-tasting fries and to try using less saturated vegetable oil. We got beef fat from the butcher, a big bag of Idaho spuds and a bottle of vegetable oil to do some experimenting.
- Some basic tenets we accepted as truth: The potatoes would be cut by hand with the peels on. They would be
- soaked in ice water for 45 min. They would be painstakingly patted dry.
- They would be fried twice. The wild cards: What's the best oil to use Is it worth all the effort Beef fat won hands down-no contest. Beef fat fries were crisp and delicate. They were not greasy and had a subtle taste.
- People said it smelled as if we were cooking Christmas dinner, that we took to mean they were used to standing rib roast for Christmas, not french fries. Those fries were gobbled up. On the = Reply 26 of Note 1 =