It’s bugged me for a long time that I pay money for commercial french fries when it seems so simple to make them myself. Well, I finally got around to having a go at making my own herbed french fries. And yes, I love them! Would you like to have a go too?
Homemade french fries recipe
You need these ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried herbs
- Garlic powder
- 2 largish potatoes
Mix together the oil, herbs, a dash of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Combine with your chopped potatoes and mix until they are all coated.
The potatoes could be a bag of unherbed french fries or you could cut your own fries from real potatoes. I chopped my potatoes with the Geedel French Fry Cutter.
I used majoram, basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley. You can experiment with your favorite herbs.
Before putting the potatoes into the cutter, you’ll need to roughly cut them; it won’t take the whole potato at once. The direction you position the potato in the cutter depends on whether you’d like long or short fries.
It’s really easy to push the lever down and the chips pop out quickly, so have a plate ready. Then mix the potatoes in with the oil mixture; ensure the potatoes are all coated.
Lay the chips out on a greased baking tray, ensuring there is only one layer of chips. I only used half of the chips I prepared. I put the other half onto a baking tray to freeze.
Place in an oven preheated to 425F degrees for about 30 minutes, turning them once. Keep an eye on them the first time in case your oven is quicker than mine.
And then there they were! Absolutely delicious! Making them with your own fresh potatoes really makes a difference.
What does a french fry cutter look like?
Can I cut french fries ahead of time?
You not only can make french fries ahead of time, but that was the main reason I bought this cutter. I wanted to make lots of french fries and freeze them in meal-size portions.
Lay your uncooked french fries out on a lined baking tray in a single layer. Freeze them for a couple of hours, then scoop them into sealable freezer bags in the quantities that you need. It helps to have more than one baking tray and room in your freezer for them to sit.
The Geedel potato cutter is dishwasher-safe, very handy. Just remove the blade insert and the presser and lay them in your dishwasher.
If you’re cleaning it the old-fashioned way, washing the Geedel french fry cutter is easy. I remove the blade insert and the presser when I’m finished cutting and use a brush to remove the big chunks. Then put it to soak, ready for the next dishwashing session.
The instructions warn the user to take care with the blade insert and I thought I was being careful, but after the first two times I used it, I realized I had cut myself. They were little paper cuts; I hadn’t even noticed that it happened. So do take care when using and cleaning the cutter, and kids should not be allowed to use it.
How long do uncooked fries last in the fridge?
If you put them in an airtight container, they should last 3-4 days in the fridge.
What else can you use a french fry cutter for?
Apart from potatoes, I’ve used my Geedel manual french fry cutter for bananas and it makes an excellent apple cutter tool. Then, I was going to make some bolognaise sauce and was about to chop the onions…and I suddenly thought, let the french fry cutter do it! And it works a treat. I’m going to keep it in mind for all my future food prep. I think you could use it for ham, cucumbers, cheese, carrots, and lots of other veggies.
This french fry cutter also cuts sweet potatoes, but they are really tough, so they need to be half-cooked or zapped in the microwave before cutting.
Are french fry cutters worth it?
I think using a cutter to make french fries is the best idea anyone ever had. (Well, almost.)
The only “problem” I had was that I gave myself some little cuts that look like paper cuts, and that’s totally my own fault. Use a brush for cleaning, not your fingers. No probs.