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Maylar
08-06-2015, 02:04 PM
I'm debating whether to invest in a dedicated slicer for French fried potatoes, or just stick with the slow and tedious knife. The cheap slicers get lousy reviews, and I don't need a restaurant grade utensil for the number of times I'll use it. Is there a decent one out there for a good price?

Ribeye Republic
08-06-2015, 02:10 PM
We use one like this and have had no problems.

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Jorge
08-06-2015, 02:14 PM
Price probably depends on the individual. We've had this for a year or two, and no complaints.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/weston-french-fry-cutter-blades/?cm_src=AutoSchRel

abrignac
08-06-2015, 02:21 PM
They are nice for fries. If you have a bunch of onions to chop it's a godsend.

wyphoneman
08-06-2015, 02:25 PM
Got mine from Cabelas. Have never even used it for taters but I love mine for onions as well. Makes the nicest most even diced onion. Also works well for diced green peppers.

deguerre
08-06-2015, 02:34 PM
I can't read French Fried potatoes now without Karl Childers coming to mind...

But, we still hand cut here.

Smokin J's PIts
08-06-2015, 03:51 PM
I can't read French Fried potatoes now without Karl Childers coming to mind...

But, we still hand cut here.


I like gravy on my fries, Mmm-Mmm

Seed
08-06-2015, 04:05 PM
I use what ribeye posted. I used to cut by hand but the uniformity is much better with a slicer imo. Gets a great fry. I ice bath em after.

Bludawg
08-06-2015, 04:27 PM
I have a no frills one looks like an apple slicer I've had it a long time it works great no moving parts.
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Smokeat
08-06-2015, 04:31 PM
I have a few like Ribeye Republic uses, but mine are older and are very hard to use on larger potatoes, especially for my wife.

I also have a professional cutter like Jorge, made to be wall mounted. It is very efficient, and you can buy different sized blade blocks(?) to make various thickness of fries. I only have 10 mm cutter (true Belgian frite size).

Truth be told, fry cutters are kind of a PITA to clean, and the pro units are large and hard to store. We usually only fry 4-5 potatoes at a time, and it's just easier to knife cut and clean 1 knife.

I would love to discuss French frys in depth, and perhaps I'll start a post later if I have some time.

DouG M
08-06-2015, 05:26 PM
They are also great for doing potatoe salads half the cutting done real quick. IMO

IamMadMan
08-06-2015, 05:41 PM
I use this one, it has blades for wedges and different size fries available. $36.00

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/choice-potato-wedge-cutter-8-wedge-french-fry-cutter/40747705.html
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/images/products/main/62697/430133/choice-potato-wedge-cutter-8-wedge-french-fry-cutter.jpg (http://www.webstaurantstore.com/choice-potato-wedge-cutter-8-wedge-french-fry-cutter/40747705.html)

Jeff H
08-06-2015, 06:39 PM
Mandolins make quick work of making fries and if you buy one, it isn't a dedicated french fry cutter. use mine for anything I want sliced thin or julianed. For instance, it is fabulous to make all that slaw to go with the pulled pork.


http://www.kitchenaudition.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bornerintrofull2crop.jpghttp://www.chefdepot.net/graphics10/chef_cut_vegetables.jpg

pci
08-06-2015, 08:15 PM
Love ours just doesn't work with a sweet potato

Jason TQ
08-06-2015, 08:44 PM
Mandolins make quick work of making fries and if you buy one, it isn't a dedicated french fry cutter. use mine for anything I want sliced thin or julianed. For instance, it is fabulous to make all that slaw to go with the pulled pork.


http://www.kitchenaudition.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bornerintrofull2crop.jpghttp://www.chefdepot.net/graphics10/chef_cut_vegetables.jpg

Another for the mandolin here. Love mine and it does more than fries. Granted if I did a ton of fried I might get the dedicated fry cutter, but for my home use I like the versatility of the mandolin.

Teleking
08-06-2015, 09:17 PM
I like gravy on my fries, Mmm-Mmm

Don't forget the cheese curd eahh!

Gary Tomato
08-06-2015, 10:45 PM
I just use a mandolin, works well for fries about a quarter of an inch square.

Maylar
08-07-2015, 09:20 AM
Mandolins make quick work of making fries and if you buy one, it isn't a dedicated french fry cutter. use mine for anything I want sliced thin or julianed. For instance, it is fabulous to make all that slaw to go with the pulled pork.


http://www.kitchenaudition.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bornerintrofull2crop.jpghttp://www.chefdepot.net/graphics10/chef_cut_vegetables.jpg

Oh... I forgot that I have one of those. Bought it for shredding cabbage. I'll hafta look if it'll do fries too. Thanks!

birt
08-12-2015, 11:06 AM
just because you are talking about home-made fries i feel like i should share how to make proper Belgian fries.
the best potatoes for fries are Bintje. (some reading about this potato: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424053111903927204576573201537015890 )

-slice the potatoes (thickness is about 1cm), rinse them un der cold water and dry them in a kitchen towel.
-heat the oil to 150-160C (the best is Ossewit; filtered beef fat. other options are horse fat, pig fat, coconut oil and peanut oil.)
-bake the fries but don't let them change color yet. you're actually poaching them. don't put in too many at the same time. this will cool down the oil too much.
-take them out and let them cool down for about 10 min on some kitchen paper.
-now heat the oil to 175-180C and bake them again until they are golden.
-shake them up a bit to get rid of some of the oil and put them in a strainer or bowl with some kitchen paper on the bottom before serving.

you can add salt and sauce. traditionally mayonaise:
-whisk 4 egg yolks
-add 1 tbsp of mustard, 1 tbsp of water and 1 tbsp of vinegar
-while whisking you slowly add 4dl of peanut oil (start with drops at first)
-add pepper and salt to taste
if it's too thick you can add more oil, vinegar, water or lemon juice. you can keep it for about 1 week in the fridge.

Pitbull
08-12-2015, 02:03 PM
It depends on how many you make.I've made a bajillion of them in my lifetime. I got sick of the cheapo fry slicers twisting and breaking and finally broke down and got me a commercial wall mount one. Mine is a Winco. It has several different blades for different size fries. Surprisingly it wasn't that expensive and I love it. Do a web search for commercial slicers..

chingador
08-12-2015, 02:05 PM
Price probably depends on the individual. We've had this for a year or two, and no complaints.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/weston-french-fry-cutter-blades/?cm_src=AutoSchRel

I got one just like that from Amazon for $62. WAY better than cutting with a knife.

Maylar
08-12-2015, 03:34 PM
Are the frozen pre cut taters from Orida OK to be fried? I use them on a baking pan in the oven or on the grill but have never fried them in hot oil. Now that I have a deep fryer I'm looking to do it right.

Pitbull
08-12-2015, 03:38 PM
Found the one I got and They came way down in price. This one is for 3/8" only. Mine has 1/4" also..

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chingador
08-12-2015, 04:02 PM
Found the one I got and They came way down in price. This one is for 3/8" only. Mine has 1/4" also..

Amazon.com: French Fry Cutter, 3/8'' Cut: Industrial & Scientific (http://www.amazon.com/Winco-FFC-375-French-Fry-Cutter/dp/B009Z0CFFY)

wow, that is the one I have. It has come down in price. works very well. 3/8 is the perfect size in my opinion.

Pitbull
08-12-2015, 04:23 PM
Cool! I was the fry guy when I was a teen. Somewhere I have written instructions on how to make the perfect French fry. Since that is the basic subject and if I find it I'll post it..

Edit: Couldn't find it but here ya go from memory..


French Fries

Idaho Russet potatoes.
Slice
Rinse In cold water until no more starch comes out-water will be clear
Soak in cold water 30 minutes to 3 hours
Dry
Fry in 325 degree oil 3-4 minutes
Drain and let cool
Refrigerate at least one hour uncovered or over night-forms pectin and pulls out moisture
Fry at 350-360 for 3-4 minutes until golden
Drain-salt straight out of the frier

...Dave
08-12-2015, 10:44 PM
Mandolins make quick work of making fries and if you buy one, it isn't a dedicated french fry cutter. use mine for anything I want sliced thin or julianed. For instance, it is fabulous to make all that slaw to go with the pulled pork.


http://www.kitchenaudition.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bornerintrofull2crop.jpghttp://www.chefdepot.net/graphics10/chef_cut_vegetables.jpg

will this thing do cheese too? slices and shredded?

robert-r
08-12-2015, 11:50 PM
My Mom used one. IIRC, it was like a slicer with many cutting edges - appox 1/2" grid. It worked well. That was a long time ago.

DouG M
08-13-2015, 05:27 AM
will this thing do cheese too? slices and shredded?

Where did you get your v slicer ? Is it a Boemer had one at one time but can't find a replacment for it that is any good for it worked great .

chingador
08-13-2015, 07:57 AM
will this thing do cheese too? slices and shredded?

and your finger if you are not careful.

Jeff H
08-13-2015, 08:14 AM
will this thing do cheese too? slices and shredded?

I've never done anything but vegetables. I imagine it would but cheese gets sticky so it would probably gum up after a while.

...Dave
08-13-2015, 08:39 AM
thx for the responses, ive been eyeballing a new knife set but it appears this little V unit should be able to handle about anything ill need to cut. ive seen them before, just never knew they worked so well.

mike-cleveland
08-13-2015, 10:15 AM
I cut the tip of my finger off in a v slicer. Always use the guard or get the cut resistant glove. Anything you buy frozen like fries, chicken nuggets, or onion rings can be fried instead of baked and I think turns out better than putting in the oven.

Pitbull
08-13-2015, 05:19 PM
Cool! I was the fry guy when I was a teen. Somewhere I have written instructions on how to make the perfect French fry. Since that is the basic subject and if I find it I'll post it..

Edit: Couldn't find it but here ya go from memory..


French Fries

Idaho Russet potatoes.
Slice
Rinse In cold water until no more starch comes out-water will be clear
Soak in cold water 30 minutes to 3 hours
Dry
Fry in 325 degree oil 3-4 minutes
Drain and let cool
Refrigerate at least one hour uncovered or over night-forms pectin and pulls out moisture
Fry at 350-360 for 3-4 minutes until golden
Drain-salt straight out of the frier

This is actually an edit. Instead of 360 that should be 365, which is actually the best temperature. Never go over 370 because it will cause the oil to break down..

Making some tonight..:thumb:

PatAttack
08-13-2015, 08:28 PM
I can't read French Fried potatoes now without Karl Childers coming to mind...

But, we still hand cut here.

I reckon I'll have me some of tha' biguns'...

LYU370
08-13-2015, 11:44 PM
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Robert
08-14-2015, 07:38 AM
This is a great price at $36.00 with just one blade



I use this one, it has blades for wedges and different size fries available. $36.00

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/choice-potato-wedge-cutter-8-wedge-french-fry-cutter/40747705.html
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/images/products/main/62697/430133/choice-potato-wedge-cutter-8-wedge-french-fry-cutter.jpg (http://www.webstaurantstore.com/choice-potato-wedge-cutter-8-wedge-french-fry-cutter/40747705.html)
Here is one on Amazon with 3 fry blades, and 2 wedge blades, plus suction cup feet. Not a bad price if you want all different sizes. Can buy just the suction cup feet for $10.50. I think the 3/8 blade is the size I have on mine that I bought about ten years ago.

Robert
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