Easy and delicious recipe!

Who doesn’t love delicious homemade potato chips? While you may think making a batch camp-side is impossible, think again! But the pitfalls at camp are the same as at home. The secret to crispy chips is contained in a few steps that people tend to skip before they even start cooking! A careful precooking process will allow your camp potato chips to fry up and evenly brown when you drop them into your oil. Try this recipe for chips at home to perfect your method, then you’ll be ready for camp cooking.

A mandolin make slicing potatoes easy, but watch your fingers!

What You Need

  • 1 bag Russet potatoes (keep in mind, a few go a long way!)
  • Mandolin
  • Large pot
  • Spider basket strainer
  • Cast iron pot
  • Peanut oil (enough to fill pot half-way)
  • Thermometer
  • Paper towels
  • Sea salt (or any flavored salt you like)
Make sure to get the excess water out of the potatoes for better results.

The Method

  1. Thinly and uniformly slice potatoes. A mandolin is the best tool for this.
  2. Soak the slices for 30 minutes in cold water, which gets the excess starch out of the potato, resulting in better frying. 
  3. Rinse the potato slices in another bowl of clean water until the water is clear. 
  4. Par boil the potatoes in a pot with a tablespoon of vinegar and cook for 3-4 minutes while stirring. 
  5. Remove potatoes from the water with a spider strainer and place them on a linen towel to soak up the excess water.
  6. Drop individual potato slices into a cast iron pot filled with peanut oil that has reached 375 degrees. Don’t overcrowd the pan! Give them room to cook and periodically check the oil temp to make sure it is staying at 375 degrees. 
  7. When the homemade potato chips are brown, remove them with the spider strainer and place them on a stack of paper towels or brown paper grocery bags. Sprinkle with sea salt while they are still hot and enjoy!
Don’t overcrowd your pot when cooking your homemade potato chips.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2023 issue of Girl Camper Magazine. Click here to subscribe for more content like this!


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