The undisputed champion of American munchies owes its existence to a demanding vacationer.
New York’s Saratoga Springs in 1853: At the luxurious Moon Lake Lodge, Native American chef George Crum is in charge of the kitchen. One picky client sends back his French fries (once upscale cuisine) because they are too thick. As a result, Crum places a second, smaller order.
Even now, the consistency is too thick for the discerning eater. Crum is annoyed, so he prepares the next batch with a little attitude, slicing the potatoes so thin that the breakable objects can’t possibly be picked up with a fork. The fried potato slices are so light, and no one expected them to be so popular.
Before launching Lay’s Potato Chips, the first brand to be distributed throughout the country, traveling salesman Herman Lay sold them out of the trunk of his automobile. The snack food giant Frito-Lay was formed when Lay’s merged with Frito in 1961.
- 7 unpeeled medium potatoes (about 2 pounds)
- 2 quarts ice water
- 5 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons celery salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- Peel potatoes or slice them extremely thinly using a metal cheese slicer. Mix with cold water and salt in a big dish. Let it sit for half an hour.
- The potatoes should be drained and then blotted dry using paper towels. Put the pepper, celery salt, and garlic powder in a little bowl and put it aside.
- It’s best to use 1-1/2 inches of oil heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in a cast-iron or equivalent heavy pan. Goldilocks’ time for frying potatoes is 3-4 minutes, with regular stirring.
- Take out with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. The seasoning blend should be sprinkled on right away.
Can you trust the baked potato chips you cooked yourself?
Regarding good-for-you foods, potatoes tend to receive a poor name. However, potatoes are a healthy addition to any diet when consumed in moderation because of their abundance of nutrients and minerals. Potatoes include several nutrients: potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and water. Because they are often cooked in large amounts of oil or covered in butter and sour cream, many people mistakenly believe that potatoes are harmful. However, when prepared in this method and baked with heart-healthy olive oil, they become a nutritious addition to any diet.
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