Making french fries is not difficult to do. They are an all time favorite for young and old alike. Grandmother made fries for special occasions along with battered fish. Yummy!
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Preheat oven to 200ºF.
Cut potatoes to length and place in a large bowl of cold water. Allow them to soak for 15 minutes.
Drain and dry potatoes. The dryer your potatoes are, the crispier your french fries will be.
Allow potatoes to continue to air dry while you bring the oil to temperature.
Put a large sturdy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and heat to 320ºF.
When the oil comes to temperature, and the potatoes are dry, you are ready to cook.
Working in small batches, carefully submerge the potatoes in the hot oil. Fry them for 2 to 3 minutes, until pale and floppy.
Remove the batch from the oil and set aside to drain on a wire rack. Allow them to cool to room temperature.
Continue cooking the remaining potatoes.
Once you have done the first round of deep-frying, increase the temperature of the oil to 375ºF.
Again working in batches, re-immerse the partially cooked fries in the hot oil.
Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until fries become crisp and golden brown.
Remove from oil and drain on wire rack.
Season with coarse salt.
Transfer the cooked french fries to the still warm oven, while you continue with the remaining batches of fries, to keep warm.