How do I keep my fries from getting soggy?

If you are concerned about cooked fries getting soggy, the trick is to never cover or enclose them. Spread them out on a metal rack on a tray in a warm oven. That’s why carry-out fries are almost always served in an open box, or a tray or little open top paper bag.

How do you make fries less soggy?

Here’s what you do. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat just until it starts to shimmer. Think about covering the entire bottom of the skillet in oil, erring on the side of using more oil than less. The oil helps to “fry” the French fries a second time and get them extra crispy.

What causes fries to get soggy?

When fries are cooked at a very high temperature, the starches in them are hydrated (moisture goes in), puffing them up and helping the outer skin get nice and crisp. When these same fries cool, the starches secrete moisture, which makes its way to the fries’ crust, leaving them soggy and limp.

How do you keep fries crispy?

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Make sure that vent holes in the container are large enough to allow adequate airflow but are not so large that the fries get cold. When wrapping fries before placing them in the container, keep it loose so moisture doesn’t build up.

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Why won’t My fries get crispy?

Perhaps most important, water on the surface can inhibit crispness and produce greasy fries. Remember that the surface starch absorbs nearby moisture and seals the surface. If you don’t dry the potatoes, you won’t get a dry surface that seals.

What to soak fries in before frying?

Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water, then allow them to soak for two or three hours. (You can also stick them in the fridge and let them soak for several hours or overnight.) When you’re ready to make the fries, drain off the water and lay them on two baking sheet lined with paper towels.