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    • dbs
    • By dbs 20th Apr 06, 10:00 PM
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    Whats the best oil for HM chips
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    • 20th Apr 06, 10:00 PM
    Whats the best oil for HM chips 20th Apr 06 at 10:00 PM
    What is the best oil for homemade chips.

    When I mean best I mean oil that makes good chips, good for your health and cheap to buy.

    At the moment using a Crisp n Dry.

    How often should the oil be changed?

    Also what about making potato wedges in the oven heard they can be tossed in olive oil then baked what other oil could be used?

    Also years ago seen a programme to avoid using oil the wedges could be soaked in ice water then baked think the womans was name was Rosie O`neil but it was a long time ago would this idea work.
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    • nick_b
    • By nick_b 20th Apr 06, 10:20 PM
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    • 20th Apr 06, 10:20 PM
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    • 20th Apr 06, 10:20 PM
    My Nana always used lard! It's not just what you use to fry it, but how you fry it in order to cook healthier. You should first fry them at a lower temp until nearly done. Drain, then fry again at a higher temp until golden.
  • Dr.Lou
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    • 20th Apr 06, 11:29 PM
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    • 20th Apr 06, 11:29 PM
    I make homemade healthly low fat chips in the following way: -

    1. Peel (or leave unpeeled for jacket wedges) pototoes
    2. Chip the potatoes
    3. Par boil chips in a pan of boiling water until the potatoes soften a bit, drain and set aside
    4. Spray a baking tray with oil (I use Frylight)
    5. Place the chips on the baking tray and spray with the oil
    6. If you wish add a little salt, herbs or spices
    7. Bake in the oven until slightly browned (I use the highest oven setting)

    The chips turn out really lovely and I particularly love the wedges made in this way.....Also if you follow the slimming world diet, these are free on a green day!
    • Trow
    • By Trow 21st Apr 06, 8:13 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:13 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:13 AM
    I don't think you will ever find chips that are 'good for your health', although Dr Lou's comes closest IMO (I do something similar).

    For deep frying, I would recommend rapeseed oil - which is usually sold as vegetable oil in the supermarkets. It is high in mono-unsaturated oil (like olive oil) which has now been found to be better for you than polyunsaturated oils (eg sunflower oil) - even walkers have started doing their chips in sunseed oil which is high in monounsaturates! (although I don't think you will find sunseed oil on the shelves of the supermarket).

    Olive oil isn't great at high temperatures, so rapeseed is better for deep frying.
  • black-saturn
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:36 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:36 AM
    Well I use dripping but perhaps I'm just unhealthy :confused:
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:41 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:41 AM
    We use the oven method....but don't bother pre cooking the potatoes. We just toss the wedges / chips around in some oil and salt...put on a baking tray and slap in the oven.
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    • By squeaky 21st Apr 06, 8:57 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:57 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 8:57 AM
    Also what about making potato wedges in the oven heard they can be tossed in olive oil then baked what other oil could be used?

    Also years ago seen a programme to avoid using oil the wedges could be soaked in ice water then baked think the womans was name was Rosie O`neil but it was a long time ago would this idea work.
    by dbs
    There's a thread full of tips and ideas for wedges:-

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=47620



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    • By nuttyrockeress 21st Apr 06, 9:02 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 9:02 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 9:02 AM
    I make homemade healthly low fat chips in the following way: -

    1. Peel (or leave unpeeled for jacket wedges) pototoes
    2. Chip the potatoes
    3. Par boil chips in a pan of boiling water until the potatoes soften a bit, drain and set aside
    4. Spray a baking tray with oil (I use Frylight)
    5. Place the chips on the baking tray and spray with the oil
    6. If you wish add a little salt, herbs or spices
    7. Bake in the oven until slightly browned (I use the highest oven setting)

    The chips turn out really lovely and I particularly love the wedges made in this way.....Also if you follow the slimming world diet, these are free on a green day!
    by Dr.Lou
    Mmm sin free chips!! We love these in our house. I won't have any other chips in the house! So tasty too, nice with black pepper on too!
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    • taplady
    • By taplady 21st Apr 06, 9:23 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 9:23 AM
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    • 21st Apr 06, 9:23 AM
    I use the slimming world recipe as above and they're great and for wedges too!I also use frylight. I have read that rapeseed oil is the healthiest and it is included in quite a few of my low GI recipes.Rapeseed oil is a monounsaturated fat and has a beneficial effect on cholesterol and is good for your heart.
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    • pancakequeen
    • By pancakequeen 21st Apr 06, 10:21 AM
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    I'm afraid I always use lard and fry them twice as nick_b says, but on the otherhand we only have them once or twice a month.
    • Quiet Life
    • By Quiet Life 21st Apr 06, 1:16 PM
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    On a recent food programme on telly they said that the tradition of deep fat frying came from the continent, where olive oil is used. Olive oil reaches a higher temperature that vegetable oils or lard, so when the food is placed in the oil it is immediately sealed and doesn't come out soggy or greasy.
    Only problem of course is the price of olive oil, does anyone know where you can buy olive oil (not virgin or extra virgin) that is affordable?
    • Smashing Blouse
    • By Smashing Blouse 21st Apr 06, 2:18 PM
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    I make homemade healthly low fat chips in the following way: -

    1. Peel (or leave unpeeled for jacket wedges) pototoes
    2. Chip the potatoes
    3. Par boil chips in a pan of boiling water until the potatoes soften a bit, drain and set aside
    4. Spray a baking tray with oil (I use Frylight)
    5. Place the chips on the baking tray and spray with the oil
    6. If you wish add a little salt, herbs or spices
    7. Bake in the oven until slightly browned (I use the highest oven setting)

    The chips turn out really lovely and I particularly love the wedges made in this way.....Also if you follow the slimming world diet, these are free on a green day!
    by Dr.Lou
    I use this same method but with no oil at all, the same with roasts, and my DD10 loves them.
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  • Icemaiden
    Well I use dripping but perhaps I'm just unhealthy :confused:
    by black-saturn
    Dripping for us too.
    • dbs
    • By dbs 21st Apr 06, 2:55 PM
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    My only concern about frying chips twice with the first fry done on a lower heat, is the chips will soak up more oil.

    I normally wash the chips in very cold water then dry and deep fry in hot oil once.

    I have considered using rapeseed oil in the past mainly to support British farmers who started to grow this crop if it is an healthy and cheaper option than olive oil even better.


    The oven method for cooking chips and wedges also sounds very tempting and a good healthy option.
    Last edited by dbs; 21-04-2006 at 2:59 PM.
    • susank
    • By susank 21st Apr 06, 7:25 PM
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    I make the healthy home made oven chips too but cut out the boiling and just put on baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and make sure with your hands that each chip has a coating and bake - wonderful and all my friends now do them this way - about 180 degrees for oh I think 30 minutes max! ! I never time them
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  • fizzel81
    giveing home made chips a go tonight thank you for the ideas on how to do them
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    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 22nd Apr 06, 7:04 PM
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    We had them tonight too.
    One thing that really helps if you deep fry in oil,is only use it for chips and nothing else.Once you have fried another thing in it,batter,scotch eggs etc,it wont make half such nice chips.Even chip shops fry the chips seperately.
    • dbs
    • By dbs 22nd Apr 06, 7:15 PM
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    How many times should the oil be used for cooking chips before using new?

    At the moment I just keep topping the oil up as the level in my chip pan gets lower.

    I only use the oil to cook chips.
    Last edited by dbs; 22-04-2006 at 7:18 PM.
    • ariba10
    • By ariba10 22nd Apr 06, 7:37 PM
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    I have considered using rapeseed oil in the past mainly to support British farmers who started to grow this crop if it is an healthy and cheaper option than olive oil even better.
    by dbs


    After Hydrogenated oil Rapeseed oil is the most suspect.

    It is grown by farmers because is well subsidized and has no problems with insects. In its natural form it is toxic to insects, humans and other animals.

    Its name was changed in America to Canola Oil to try and improve its image.

    See here http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/canola.htm
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    • taplady
    • By taplady 23rd Apr 06, 8:38 AM
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    After Hydrogenated oil Rapeseed oil is the most suspect.

    It is grown by farmers because is well subsidized and has no problems with insects. In its natural form it is toxic to insects, humans and other animals.

    Its name was changed in America to Canola Oil to try and improve its image.

    See here http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/canola.htm
    by ariba10
    Your information is frightening and contradicts what I read in Rick Gallop's GI book where he says "The 'best' fats are monounsaturated fats and they are found in foods like olives, peanuts, almonds and olive and rapeseed oils. Monounsaturated fats actually have a beneficial effect on cholesteral and are good for your heart."

    You think you are eating healthily and then its scary to read that what you are eating can have serious effects on your health!
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