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    Default Soaking is Key for Perfect Homemade French Fries

    You don't need to install a deep fat fryer in your kitchen or apprentice at a burger stand to get homemade French fries worthy of great praise. The key is soaking your sliced potatoes and using the right oil.

    In running through celebu-chef Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes, Serious Eats' Caroline Russock pulls out the information fans of the crispy wedges need to know:

    Russets or baking potatoes are the best, whereas waxy potatoes (such as Red Bliss or new potatoes) simply won't do. Soaking is key-this removes the starch, keeps the potatoes from sticking together, and eliminates the sugars that prevent the potatoes from achieving maximum crispness. As far as oils go, peanut oil is the best for deep frying.

    That is, by no means, a way toward a healthier, low-fat meal, but if you're going to break out a deep-fry thermometer and a whole roll of paper towels for your French frying experiment, it's probably not an ordeal you're doing on the regular.

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    First time that I heard of this. But peanut oil is also very expensive as well.
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    I've heard from a fellow online foodie that he deep fries his taters in goose fat. After scooping em up from the pan he sprinkles sea salt to enhance the flavor.

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    Is there any oil that can be use except peanut oil? As big daddy said, peanut oil way expensive though. I want to try cooking potato fries in healthy way.

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