This delectable recipe offers a twist on the classic potato chip by infusing it with the unmistakable tang of vinegar. By utilizing vinegar powder, you can achieve a mouthwatering balance of salty and acidic flavors, creating a snack that is both addictive and easy to make. The delicate balance of salt and tangy vinegar creates a mouthwatering explosion of flavors that will make your homemade chips rival any store-bought variety.
The secret to a crispy potato chip is maintaining the temperature of the hot oil by using a deep fry/candy thermometer, and soaking the raw potatoes in ice water. The water helps withdraw some starch from the potatoes. Here are some safety tips for frying foods in oil; 1) Make sure there are at least 3 inches from the surface of the oil to the top of the pot, a heavy-bottom sauce pan or Dutch oven works well. When the potatoes hit the oil it will bubble up furiously and you don’t want to burn yourself. 2) Gently lower the food into the pot using either tongs or a slotted spatula to avoid splashing the hot oil. I lay out aluminum foil on the countertop next to the stove to help contain the oil splatter. 3) Protect your clothing by wearing an apron. 4) Make extra as you’ll eat them as soon as they cool!
Slice the potatoes about 1/8 of an inch in thickness. Using a mandolin to slice the potatoes is the best choice and be sure to use the safety device provided to protect your fingers. Place the potato slices in a large bowl and cover with cold water and ice cubes. Let the potatoes sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Drain and rinse the potatoes and pat dry really well with a dish towel or paper towel. You can spin them in a salad spinner to get them as dry as possible. Line a roasting tray with paper towel and place a cooling rack over the paper towel, for cooling the potato chips.
Fill a heavy duty sauce pan or Dutch oven with about 1 1/2 inches of oil and attach the deep fry thermometer. Heat the oil over a medium-high flame, until the thermometer reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Working in batches carefully add the potatoes slices to the pot, making sure to return the heat to 300 degrees F between each batch. Using a heat-proof spatula carefully turn the potatoes to cook them evenly. Cook them until golden brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes per batch. Remove the chips from the hot oil with tongs or a spatula and place on the roasting tray to cool, or a plate lined with paper towel. Make sure to sprinkle on the powered vinegar and salt while the potato chips are still warm. The potatoes can be fried up to 4-6 hours ahead of time and kept at room temperature.