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What are the Best Chips in the World? How to Make Perfect Chips

Updated on April 18, 2012
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Fish and chips is a hugely popular dish, particularly in the UK
Fish and chips is a hugely popular dish, particularly in the UK | Source

What Would be the Properties of the Best Chips in the World?

If any chips were to be described as being the best chips in the world, they would of course need to satisfy an absolute minimum of criteria. They would have to look fantastic, they would have to be crisp on the outside and deliciously soft and fluffy on the inside and they would have to taste wonderful as well. That would probably be about the minimum number of qualities which the best chips in the world would need to satisfy. In pursuit of meeting and even exceeding these criteria, the chip preparation method featured below is broken up in to three specific, principal stages.

How to Choose the Right Potatoes for Making Chips

Potatoes suited to being baked in the oven are also perfect for making chips
Potatoes suited to being baked in the oven are also perfect for making chips

It is fairly obvious that the first step in making great chips is in choosing the right type of potato. The varieties available will vary of course with location but the key is in choosing a potato which is floury or starchy, rather than one which is waxy. Any potato which is suited to being baked in the oven is also ideal for making chips. If you are in doubt, simply ask for advice in your supermarket or grocer's and don't run the risk of making an incorrect choice and spoiling your chips before you even get started cooking.

Perfect Chips - Stage One

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Potatoes are firstly peeled and sliced for chipsPotato slices are chopped in to chip shapesChipped potatoes ready to be boiledParboiled potatoes are carefully drained in a colander or large sieveDrained chips ready to be put in to the cold, dry environment of the fridge
Potatoes are firstly peeled and sliced for chips
Potatoes are firstly peeled and sliced for chips
Potato slices are chopped in to chip shapes
Potato slices are chopped in to chip shapes
Chipped potatoes ready to be boiled
Chipped potatoes ready to be boiled
Parboiled potatoes are carefully drained in a colander or large sieve
Parboiled potatoes are carefully drained in a colander or large sieve
Drained chips ready to be put in to the cold, dry environment of the fridge
Drained chips ready to be put in to the cold, dry environment of the fridge

Allow one fairly large potato per person. Begin by peeling the potato and cutting it in to slices lengthwise about half an inch to three-quarters of an inch thick. Each slice should then be chopped in to chip shapes about the size of a large man's middle finger. Put the chips in to a large pot and pour in enough cold water to ensure they are comfortably covered. Do not add salt or any other form of seasoning. Put the pot on to a high heat just until the water begins to boil, at which time you should reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer for ten minutes.

A colander is perfect for draining the chips but a large sieve could also be used. Drain over your sink and be careful and gentle, so as not to break any of the chips or splash yourself with boiling water. Sit the chips (still in the colander) over the empty pot for a couple of minutes to drain fully, before carefully laying them in a single layer in a plastic dish and placing them in to the cold, dry environment of the fridge. Leave them for a minimum of half an hour but longer is fine. One TV chef in the UK recently recently advocated making chips in this way over the course of three days!

Perfect Chips - Stage Two

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Chips can at a push be made in a deep frying pan where a deep fryer is not availableKitchen paper is spread on a plate for draining chipsThe once fried chips should still be pale in colourThe once fried chips are returned to the plastic dish and the fridge
Chips can at a push be made in a deep frying pan where a deep fryer is not available
Chips can at a push be made in a deep frying pan where a deep fryer is not available
Kitchen paper is spread on a plate for draining chips
Kitchen paper is spread on a plate for draining chips
The once fried chips should still be pale in colour
The once fried chips should still be pale in colour
The once fried chips are returned to the plastic dish and the fridge
The once fried chips are returned to the plastic dish and the fridge

When the chips have been refrigerated for that absolute minimum of half an hour, it is time to deep fry them for what will only be the first time. Although a deep fryer and its temperature control is desirable for this purpose, you can at a push use a deep frying pan. Preheat the oil on this occasion to 150C/300F and fry the chips for five minutes. If using a frying pan, you will just have to be careful that you don't overcook the chips at this stage. They should remain very pale in colour although they should be softened. Drain them well on kitchen paper on a large plate before putting them back in to the plastic dish and the fridge for a further minimum period of half an hour.

Perfect Chips - Stage Three

After being fried for a second time, the chips are drained on fresh kitchen paper
After being fried for a second time, the chips are drained on fresh kitchen paper

The third and final stage of making these chips is to fry them for a second time, at a higher temperature of 170C/350F. They should be fried for anything from five to seven minutes until beautifully golden. This represents one advantage of using an open frying pan in that you can essentially tell at a glance when the chips are ready.

Drain the chips on fresh kitchen paper before serving with your fish, steak, or any other accompaniment of choice.

Are these the Best Chips in the World?

Perfect chips ready for sea salt, malt vinegar and service
Perfect chips ready for sea salt, malt vinegar and service

Chip Making Kitchen Utensils at Bargain Basement Prices

There are certain tools and appliances which you will need in order to make great chips by any method. Below are some of the items used in this technique which you may be able to pick up at extremely competitive prices.

5 stars from 1 rating of this method of making chips!

What is Your Preferred Way to Make Chips?

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    • sivasubrahmanyam profile image

      sivasubrahmanyam shatdarsanam 

      17 months ago from India

      A good recipe. These are my all-time favorite. When I cut the slices they will be very thin and when I fry them they appear like weightless paper pieces. They will be tastier if taken along with any sauce..preferably with Tomato Sauce. Here the slices are somewhat thicker. They too will be quite tasty. This is another way of doing it. But, we should not take them for French Fries. I want to prepare it with the above procedure at home. Thank you.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Efficient Admin. Yes, these are very similar to french fries but are usually made a little bit bigger. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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      Efficient Admin 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Here in the U.S. we call them "french fries". They sure do look good. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Keith and thanks very much for such an in-depth and insightful comment! These chips certainly sound delicious and I can see from the stats you provide that you are certainly more than qualified to judge. The chips and beer comparison test sounds perfect - just a shame about the small matter of many thousands of miles for the trip. I hope you continue to enjoy your chips and maybe sometime give these ones a try.

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      Keith Borglum 

      6 years ago

      The Best Chips In The World are from The Hummus Guy. His Garlic Chips in Petaluma Sonoma/Napa County California are the best in the world. If you disagree, bring a bag, and we will compare. I'll buy the beer if you bring a bag of your guy's chips. I have eaten a lot of chips in the last 60 years, in 35 countries, and have some experience. As far as I know, you can only get his some weekends at farmers' markets. I drive an hour round trip to buy them, and some times he doesn't show up. He doesn't speak English, but when he does, he often says "not this week" or "you're too late". Then I drive an hour the next weekend. Purely home made, local. I don't know what kind of crack he puts in them, but I want more. Now. Even though I get zits every time I eat them. Its worth it. Really. No; really!

      I'm not talking about chips in the Commonwealth sense, but in the Tex/Mex/Americana sense, as in deep fried tortillas. His are made of deep fried pita bread. Who does that???

      He also makes a mid-east hot sauce that burns the lips off my Mexican friends. Like the Ahoo-ahh! Swedish Jalepeno Sauce they talk about on NPR.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Ron

      I have been to Belgium and no doubt ate the fries but it was many years ago and I am afraid I don't remember much about it. I'm sure they are excellent. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

      Gordon Hamilton 

      6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Frites are an abbreviation for "Pommes frites," as in fried potatoes, in a literal sense.

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      Ron 

      6 years ago

      Hi, i'm from The Netherlands and i must say that the Belgium chips/fries are absolute the best i had ever eaten.

      In Holland we cal them Vlaamse Frieten!

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      ????? 

      6 years ago

      What are frites??? Im really confused real frites :S

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      real frites 

      6 years ago

      If i may say something ,we the belguims find out the frites.

      On every street you find a homemade frites -house

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, mib56789

      Glad you appreciate chips made in this way. They really are a little bit special. Glad also that you don't confuse the British with the French! :) Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      mib56789 

      7 years ago

      Yes they are the best chips in the world. That's just how my husband makes them. He also explained to me that there's a major difference between chips and fries. It's like confusing the British with the French. Who does that??

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you, AlmostLola. I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

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      AlmostLola 

      7 years ago

      Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Glad to hear you enjoyed them, Wedding Pianist. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      Wedding Pianist 

      7 years ago

      I followed your instructions and made some lovely tasting chips.

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      Sound of Me 

      8 years ago from United States

      Om nom nom

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      Simon Cook 

      8 years ago from NJ, USA

      Nope sorry - my Dad makes the best chips in the world! Those do look good though - send me some and I'll compare OK?!

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