Make Healthy and Delicious French Fries at Home

Reader Contribution by Celeste Longacre

Just about everybody loves French fries. What’s not to love? Crispy potatoes fried in fat and seasoned with salt are a delightful addition to many meals. Yet, many French fries sold in restaurants are cooked in canola oil. It’s cheap and easy to come by. But is it good for us?

90% of canola oil comes from genetically modified plants. When heated, most vegetable oils become rancid and trans fats are introduced. Many believe that trans fats increase the risks of developing chronic diseases. To date, there have been no long term studies on canola oil’s safety.

Perhaps it would be best to stick with known, traditional fats. Our ancestors used lard, coconut oil, tallow, duck fat and goose fat to cook. The problem here is that these fats often hold deposits of toxins. So it’s important to make sure that you know the source for them. Duck fat and goose fat make the very best French fries.

French Fry Recipe


• 4 medium to large potatoes
• 8 ounces of goose or duck fat
• sea salt or Himalayan pink


Cut the potatoes into strips and dry with paper towels.

Put the fat into a small pan and heat until warm. Add 1/2 the potatoes.

Cook, stirring periodically, for twenty to thirty minutes depending on the temperature of the oil. Don’t let the oil smoke; this means that the heat is too high.

Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon and place on a double layer of paper towels. Salt immediately.

Repeat the process with the rest of the potatoes. Once they have all cooled a bit, serve with aoili or ketchup. Yum!

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Celeste Longacreand her husband, Bob, have lived sustainably for more than 35 years. They grow almost all of their vegetables for the year and preserve them by freezing, canning, drying and using a home -built root cellar. Celeste ferments much of the couple’s produce and makes her own sauerkraut, kimchee, and fruit and beet kvass. She is the author of Celeste’s Garden Delights and writes a gardening blog for The Old Farmer’s Almanac. For more information,visit Celeste’s website, and read all of her MOTHER EARTH NEWS postshere.

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