Your Favorite Potato Chip

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cachoo, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. znachki

    znachki Active Member

    774
    75
    28
    Love it!

    Totally agree. I grew up in Tacoma, WA, the home of Nalley's products, sadly, no longer with us.
    http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2015848440_nalley08.html

    Nalley Valley (and it was) made potato chips and pickles. You could see the huge pickle barrels from the freeway, and on certain days, you could smell the chips! I can remember taking a tour of the plant, and getting chips still hot from the fryer. YUM!!

    Back in her younger days, my SIL was a cucumber sorter.
     
  2. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    17,556
    2,126
    113
    What fun! Call me a geek, but I love a plant tour and seeing how stuff is made.
     
  3. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    Don't ever tour the Sturgis Pretzel factory. We did, years ago. The place was so full of flies, it was disgusting. Then, they would give people pieces of dough to try and do the pretzel "twist". Afterward, they collected the dough and threw it back into the vat, with the rest of the pretzel dough. :scream: I haven't been able to eat a Sturgis Pretzel since!
     
  4. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    16,408
    2,329
    113
    I like Cape Cod potato chips, reduced fat version. Basic salt kettle chips they are, and I love them.
     
  5. suep1963

    suep1963 Well-Known Member

    9,270
    1,825
    113
    I use the Pampered Chef chip maker--it looks like a mini trampoline with holes in it, and goes in the microwave. You slice up the potato really thin and zap for a couple of minutes--voila! Fresh chips! (does sweet potatoes too)
     
  6. Marilou

    Marilou New Member

    1,595
    105
    0
    After reading this thread, I think I'm pretty boring. Just give me a bag of plain old potato chips (Lays or Old Dutch) and I can devour an entire family-sized bag/box! Needless to say, they're not in the house very often :D

    When I was younger I loved salt & vinegar and sour cream & onion.
     
  7. rjblue

    rjblue Re-registered User

    5,878
    864
    113
    Yukon Gold potatoes make really yummy potato chips, with a nice colour. The russet skinned baking potatoes will make really dark burnt tasting chips. Most of the red potatoes in the stores don't chip well either. Round white skinned potatoes will possibly chip. Keep them in a warm place for a week or two so that the sugars in the tuber get used up before you chip them.

    Slice them chip thickness, rinse them and blot them dry. Fry them in hot canola oil (350F) until they stop bubbling. Take them out and dump them on some paper towel to absorb the oil, salt, and eat.

    Thicker slices will be like kettle chips and take longer for the water to all boil out of the slice, so the thinner the better.

    By the way- chips are a pretty decent source of potassium and vitamin C.
     
  8. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    This thread made me buy chips today!
     
  9. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    17,556
    2,126
    113
    From our own :sekret:! I'm jotting these tips down for sure.

    For slicing, no worries as we have a meat slicer that goes paper thin :)
     
  10. peibeck

    peibeck Letting Poje be on top

    17,257
    5,285
    113
    Woah, they make a 3lb bag. You should stock up on those to take with you when you leave. :lol:

    I try and be good and not each chips so often anymore, but this thread keeps making think longingly of them.

    I don't have anything against "naked" chips, but I definitely am a big fan of dips as well. Rippled Lays with most dips are heavenly to me.
     
  11. mkats

    mkats New Member

    2,804
    228
    0
    So this might make you cringe, but .... microwave chips

    I found it on Pinterest and thought that there was no way this could work, but they actually weren't too bad (and I like to imagine a lot healthier than some of the packaged stuff).

    I LOVE beet chips though, and unfortunately this method did not work with beets. :drama: Too much water content, I think - they just mushed up and did not crisp at all.
     
  12. LilJen

    LilJen Well-Known Member

    9,905
    1,662
    113
  13. Cloudy_Gumdrops

    Cloudy_Gumdrops New Member

    11,834
    676
    0
    I've always loved Dill Pickle.
    Lately, I really like the Yukon gold chips. Sooooo yummy.

    I also like regular plain Old Dutch chips. Not the ripples though. I don't like ripple style chips.
     
  14. suep1963

    suep1963 Well-Known Member

    9,270
    1,825
    113
    When we got the micro-chip maker, the test kitchen people had tried out just about everything under the sun. The four things that work in the microwave are potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples and yucca.
     
  15. mkats

    mkats New Member

    2,804
    228
    0
    Ooh, I'll have to try the sweet potatoes. Thanks, suep1963!
     
  16. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    5,202
    1,022
    113
    I've had a lot of luck with beet chips in my deydrator. You have to be incredibly patient, though -- can take 2 days. Talk about delayed gratification! So I don't make them often, esp. when very yummy store-bought ones are available. Terra is good, but even better are Tyrells Beetroot, Parsnip, and Carrot Crisps (which London Drugs in BC just started carrying!).

    ETA: Tyrells also makes a just beet variety. Will have to look for those too.

    I had a microwave chipmaker years ago, and it didn't work worth diddly. It was rack, though, not a "trampoline" (LOL!).
     
  17. suep1963

    suep1963 Well-Known Member

    9,270
    1,825
    113
    And don't forget--a microchip maker used in a microwave is not a dehydrator, which is why only a few items work.

    When I was at conference, we were chatting with the test kitchen people and someone asked about making zucchini chips. My first thought was "why???" and the second thought was "waaaaaay too much water". The test kitchen gal said they did try, and it basically disintegrated, what was left was glued to the microcooker and was not fun to clean up!
     
  18. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins New Member

    2,062
    200
    0
    When I was a kid, Wise Sour Cream and Onion flavor was my favorite.
    Lately, I've taken to Lays Carolina BBQ chips or Salt & Vinegar chips, but I'm perfectly happy with Wise Lightly Salted chips.
    Have to say that Pathmark and Kroger have really good plain/ridged potato chips, too.

    I have never liked Kettle chips - too hard and sharp. However, Trader Joe's kettle chips are pretty good, but not my first choice.

    If you're looking for a short day trip in Pennsylvania, a (free) tour of the Herr's chip factory is very interesting and it ends with hot, fresh potato chips. During the holiday season, they used to set up a holiday light display and let people drive through the property at night. (My sister and BIL used to live nearby, so we were regulars. We miss the Herrs factory now.)

    I always prefer Lipton's Onion Soup Mix and sour cream. The Knorr Spring Onion was really bland - I made it with one packet and the kids mixed in another packet while I wasn't looking. Our family always had party food on New Year's Eve, even though it was just us kids and our parents at the party. Lipton Onion Dip (as we called it) was a staple. (Along with pickled and/or creamed herring - ugh.)
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012
  19. AnnieBgood

    AnnieBgood Active Member

    642
    28
    28
    -Sweet potato Pop chips
    -Cool Ranch Doritos. I never eat them, though. I would probably want to eat the entire bag.
     
  20. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    17,556
    2,126
    113
    I have nothing against microwaves :drama: It's the microwaveable "food" I have a problem with :lol: We moved a few months back so ended up with the unit that came with the house - when it's done, it shows a message "ENJOY YOUR MEAL" :rofl:

    Anyway, in that recipe, it's more the cooking spray I have an issue with, so for now I'm going to pursue the deep fry method. (Which I'm sure someone will insist is less healthy, but there you go.)

    Hubby has always favoured the awful Philadelphia onion dip (it has the texture of caulking :yikes:), and he thinks California Dip tastes just like it but with better texture and less unidentifiable flavours/after tastes.

    My favourite dip is still just plain old sour cream :)

    And I am SO buying chips today, and will be making a dip tbd :cheer2:
     
  21. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

    17,561
    1,170
    113
    You could put your own oil in a spray bottle, and do it that way.
     
  22. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    13,141
    2,378
    113
    My favorites are:

    Kettle brand Spicy Thai
    Snyder of Berlin Hawaiian Sweet Onion
    Kettle brand Buffalo Bleu
     
  23. madm

    madm Active Member

    580
    56
    28
    1. Maui Kettle Style Potato Chips - Sweet Maui Onion

    http://www.taquitos.net/snacks.php?snack_code=754

    By far the best chips I've ever eaten! Or was I just dreaming on that beach in Hawaii ...

    2. Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips - Original or Mediterranean

    These are low salt and much better for you than traditional potato chips.
     
  24. rjblue

    rjblue Re-registered User

    5,878
    864
    113
    I forgot to mention- don't put too many chips in the fat at once, and stir them so they don't stick together. We do 15-20 slices maximum at a time.
     
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  25. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    5,202
    1,022
    113
    All this talk of chips made me try a new one yesterday when I was shopping: Old Dutch "Dutch Crunch" kettle chips. Quite different from other kettle chips -- same hard crunch, but not nearly as greasy. Parmesan and garlic flavour very good, not too strong and no killer garlic breath after-taste.
     
  26. suep1963

    suep1963 Well-Known Member

    9,270
    1,825
    113
    I don't use any oil (spray or otherwise) when I make microwave chips. Just salt or some other kind of seasoning and zap
     
  27. catatonic

    catatonic New Member

    22
    3
    0
    Reading this thread sure stirs up some fond memories.

    Does anyone remember back in the 70's/80's a certain potato snack made by, I think Nabisco. It was definitely not in the form of chips. Came in a pink bag; oval shaped, approximately half an inch in length? Salty as hell, but sooo good. They don't make them any more and I sure miss it.
     
  28. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    18,917
    2,870
    0
    Chipsters?
     
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  29. catatonic

    catatonic New Member

    22
    3
    0
    OMG that's it! Chipsters. They were so good. It's a shame that they are gone.
     
  30. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    18,917
    2,870
    0
    I have no idea how I knew that. :lol: Funny the things that stick in your mind.