How are potatoes soaked before frying?


Quick Answer

Potatoes cut for French fries should soak in water for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Soaking the potatoes before frying helps to remove a good amount of the starch inherent to the potatoes, such as russet potatoes, as well as some of the sugars that prevent the French fries from getting crispy.

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There are just a couple of steps necessary to take before deep frying the potatoes.

Step 1: Gather materials

Get everything together needed to cut and soak the potatoes, including a peeler, knife, cutting board and large bowl.

Step 2: Prep the potatoes

Peel the potatoes and cut them into the width and length of French fries that are desired.

Step 3: Soak the potatoes

Add the potatoes to a large bowl and cover completely with cold water. Allow the potatoes to soak for up to 3 hours. Place the bowl in the refrigerator if the potatoes have time to soak overnight.

Step 4: Drain the potatoes

Drain the potatoes in a colander and pat them dry with paper towel. This keeps the potatoes from spattering in the hot oil when beginning to fry them.

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