Kate's Cuisine

Jul 19 2017

Air Crisper Fries

Air Crisper Tray

Air Crisper Fries

I recently moved into a new home and my mom came up just a couple of weeks later for a visit. Knowing how much I love to be in the kitchen, and how much I probably loved being in my brand new kitchen even more, she brought me the perfect housewarming present – the Gotham Air Crisper, brought to you by the good people that bring you all good “As Seen on TV” things. This crisper claims to be able to crisp anything from veggies to French fries in one fell swoop. There’s no parboiling, no vats of oil on your stove that could be dangerous, just super crispy fries straight from your oven.

After cooking with it (and doing a bit of research for this post) I quickly learned that there are questions all over the Internet wondering whether this thing is a scam, or if it’s a legit way to get crispy fries with just a fraction of the work. I am here to tell you that while their recipes might need some work, this advertises itself as a crisper. And it is indeed, a crisper. No scam here.

At first, the recipe looked like any fries recipe I’ve made before, scrubbing potatoes and cutting them into French fries and then soaking them to get rid of the excess starch. But my regular fries recipe ends there. Once the fries have been properly soaked, drained and dried, you then just toss them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and throw them into the crisper. Wanting to follow instructions to the tee, but not being exactly sure it would work out, that’s just what I did.

I found that the fries were in fact crisp, both inside and out. While the surface of the fries were nice and brown and crispy, the inside unfortunately was, too. Not to the extent that we couldn’t eat them. I mean, they definitely weren’t raw, but I did get some side-eye from my picky husband who wants his fries *just* perfect. But to be honest, maybe I just overloaded the Crisper and so it couldn’t fully work its magic. With a sleepover going on that same night, there were a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of fries needed.

I will certainly be using the Air Crisper again, even for French fries, but you definitely do need to parboil them a bit just to get the inside fully cooked and soft. I mean, even with this additional step, there’s still no massive amounts of oil needed so they’ll still be healthier and let’s face it, deep-frying on your stove is a ton of work. Work that now I don’t have to do.

If you’re still not completely sold, here are a few of the other great things about the Crisper. It’s non-stick (bonus for those of us who hate buying copious amounts of parchment paper just to cover our sheets!), it’s dishwasher-safe, and it can take heat up to a whopping 500 degrees – so you can even put it under the broiler! Thanks, mom, this new gadget makes my new kitchen even better!

Ingredients:

  • 6 – 8 potatoes, sliced into French fries
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1.) Place the French fries into a large mixing bowl and cover completely with water. Let the water take off some of the starch, then drain and refill with fresh warm water. Repeat a few times over the course of 40 minutes. Drain the potatoes one last time and dry thoroughly with a paper towel.

2.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.) Place the French fries into another large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the potatoes into the Crisper.

4.) Making sure that the fries are in the Crisper basket and the basket is on the accompanying tray, place the potatoes into the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are desired crispiness.

5.) Show everyone at the table your new gadget, then serve and enjoy!

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