Q:What is the best way to prepare french fries with fresh potatoes?
A:Use fresh unpeeled potatoes that have been stored in a dark cool area around 55°F. Do not refrigerate, as temperatures below 42°F causes the starch to turn to sugar in the potato. Place cut potato into cold water for about 30 min. You can add citrus acid or vinegar to the water solution to prevent darkening. Dry before frying to avoid splattering and reduce the fat absorption. Fresh fries are best blanched. The fries are completely cooked during the blanching stage at a lower temperature to allow the potato to fully cook without becoming golden brown. After blanching, allow fries to cool in a covered container before frying.
Q: Why do my fries from fresh potatoes sometimes get dark?
A: The potato may have been stored too cold, which causes the starch to turn into sugar. They also may not have cooled in a covered container after blanching.