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How to Double Blanch French Fries

by Elyse James

French fries are a common side-order with fish, hamburgers and other diner foods. If you are on the quest to cook the perfect French fry, try double blanching. Blanching is the process of putting the fries into hot oil, and then removing them. This process is best done using a deep fryer that allows close control the oil's temperature.

Cut your potatoes into 3/8-inch sticks. Wash them in cold water to remove any starch.

Dry your potatoes carefully, and then place them in an oil bath at 325 F. Leave them in the oil for five to six minutes.

Remove the potatoes, and increase the temperature of the oil to 400 F.

Put the fries back in the oil for a second blanching. Keep them in the oil until their exterior is golden brown.

Remove the fries and season.

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About the Author

Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.