Irish potato crisps ready to eat

How to make Irish potato crisps

Irish potatoes crisps are a snack that is a business venture for many people in the food industry in Uganda today. These potato crisps are tasty and crunchy in nature when eating them. We are going to explore how we can make Irish potato crisps as we read on.

 Are Irish Potatoes Irish?

Irish potatoes are not Irish at all as the name suggests.   Irish potatoes actually have their origin from south American Andes. These potatoes are loved and consumed the world over. They grow as tubers and are only consumed as tubers because the rest of the parts of this plant are toxic.

These potatoes are part of thousands of different potato varieties found in the world. Irish potatoes are typically in the “white potato” group which is characterized by light tan to cream-colored skin, and white flesh that has a waxy texture due to moderate to low amounts of starch.

These potatoes are simply called Irish potatoes because they were the main type of potatoes grown in Ireland in the early 1800s, and are forever associated with The Great Irish Famine, one of the worst agricultural, social, and cultural disasters of the time.

Homemade Potato Chips are fun and easy. At home, we don’t cook chips very often, so when we do, we want the real deal. So let us tell you how to make the perfect homemade potato chips – if you’re going to do it, do it right.

Ingredients for making Irish potato crisps

6 large Irish potatoes

2 cups of vegetable cooking oil

Salt to taste

Deep based frying pan

A large bowel or dish

Step by step method of making Irish potato crisps

Getting the potatoes ready

  • Peel your potatoes well making sure to remove all unwanted parts and spots.
  • Slice your potatoes to a paper thin size, this means that your potatoes should be very thin and light.
  • Wash the potato slices clean in a large bowl of cold water. Drain and rinse them as much as you see the need to.
  • Refill the large bowl with clean water and add salt to the water.  Place your potatoes in the salty water and let them for about 40 minutes. Then drain the potatoes and rinse them with fresh water and then set them aside.
  • Pat the potato chips dry with a paper serviettes or a kitchen towel cloth.

Frying the potato crisps

  • Heat the oil in a deep based frying pan over moderate to high heat. Let the oil heat up to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you don’t have a thermometer, drop a tiny piece of Irish potato into the oil, if it immediately simmers then it is ready for deep frying.
  • Then deep fry the potato chips in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. 
  • When the potato slices change color from white to golden brown, remove them from the hot oil and drain them using paper towels or serviettes.
  • You may season the crisps with additional salt if you desire to.
    repeat this process until all the chips are finished

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