Since National Potato Chip day was this week I thought I would try to make homemade potato chips. Let me just start by saying it was interesting but something I would try again. I wanted to try them three different ways but was only able to get around to doing them two different ways. I tried the chips in the microwave and the oven.
Our friend, Cristal Alvey, was so kind as to let me borrow her Pampered Chef potato chip maker, available here Microwave Chip Maker, which allows you to make potato chips in the microwave. I used my slicer, found here Mandolin Slicer, (which I have an absolute love/hate relationship with- I have a really old one so the new one may be better) to cut the potatoes really thin. I have heard the slicer is much easier and it is a fraction of the cost, Simple Slicer.
Here is a picture of the thickness of the slices.
- I placed the slices on the racks.
- I then sprinkled them with some of the BBQ seasoning. These only had to cook in the microwave for 6-8 minutes.
They turned out crisp and a lot like kettle chips. I like the BBQ seasoning but would try just salt the next time around because I like plain chips better and my kids couldn't eat the BBQ seasoning due to being processed in a facility with some of their food allergies.
Oven Potato Chips:
- I looked at several different recipes on the internet and came up with this for making them in the oven. I used the same size slice as I did for the microwave chips but I soaked these in water for hour.
- I then patted them dry with a towel, places them flat on a baking sheet and rubbed them with olive oil. I then sprinkled a little sea salt on them. Everything I could find on the internet said to bake them at 500 for 15-20 minutes. This is too hot or my slices need to be thicker. Within 8-12 minutes the middle of my chips were starting to get really brown instead of the edges getting brown first. I will say that these still had a good flavor and my two year old even found her stool (that she uses to brush her teeth) and was sneaking them off the tray a little while later. I will try these again at a lesser temperature. I think that 450 would be plenty hot and the slices may need to be a little larger for the oven.
After both attempts I will say the Pampered Chef microwaveable way is the fastest, easiest and less messy of the two methods!
These were something fun to try and something that would be special to do again with my kids for a picnic or just to break up having the same things for side items for lunch. I also like the fact that I know everything that is in the chips that we make at home.
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