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If i make homemade potato chips tomorrow in a deep fryer is it ok to slice them today using a mandolin?

by Mery Mcguire
(Mashpee MA)

Will they dry out or ruin the process?


Hi Mery, homemade potato chips are simply delightful and of course you can slice potatoes the day before using a mandolin. There is no need to worry! The process won’t be ruined as long you take the necessary precautions. As you may know several fruits and vegetables tend to get damaged faster as soon as you peel them. The skins are the natural protection of different types of crops including the potatoes. Once the skins are out you have a short amount of time to use them before they decay completely. Fortunately for you, stopping the potatoes from decaying is quite possible at least for some time. Keep in the mind the method should not be used to store peeled potatoes for more than a day or you won’t have good results.

The first thing you need to do is to put them in a container, next you should cover the potato slices with cool water and store them in the refrigerator the day before. The water should cover the potatoes completely. If not, they will turn dark. Also, you can add a few drops of lemon or milk to the water. If you can maintain the container covered to reduce the amount of air that may enter is even better.

This will keep the potatoes fresh until ready to cook. After draining all the water, remember to remove any excess water from potatoes by wrapping them in paper towel. As soon as you take the water out of the potatoes do not wait too long before cooking them or you will risk losing their freshness.

Enjoy your homemade potato chips!

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