In the year 1802, Thomas Jefferson described a dinner at the White House. He wrote about differently cooked potatoes, by commenting that, the 'potatoes were served in a French manner'. This was probably the introduction of French fries, a new potato recipe in the United States.
French fries is a delicacy that has found an important place in the modern fast food industry. The concept of French fries originated in Belgium and gradually spread all across the world. This delicacy has many other alternative names such as chips, fried potato and steak fries. The concept of French fries grew very popular in Europe after the 19th century. In the mid 20th century, traditional restaurants in Europe and United States began changing into fast food chains and started churning out the famous 'burger'. The burger started becoming available in many varieties like the hamburger or cheeseburger. Another extremely famous fast food was the 'taco', a Mexican innovation. The French fries were an excellent side dish or accompaniment for any kind of fast food, taco or burger, in United States. Today the fast food industry all over the United States of America produces billions of tones of French fries every year. At the same time, parallel to the development of the American fast food industry, the Europeans were using French fries or chips as an accompaniment for fish. This famous dish, fish and chips, have become so famous, that it is served in almost every restaurant in Europe.
French fries are usually straight cut pieces of potato that are eaten with a variety of dishes like burgers, salads, fish, chicken, bacon and almost any main course. There are also a variety of preparation methods that are followed, like deep-fried French fries, sweet potato French fries, baked fries and many others. One of the methods of preparation that I grew particularly fond of, was the curly French fries. However, these kinds of French fries are not available in many places and hence I decided to buy a curly French fry cutter.
The curly fry cutter is certainly a very simple piece of kitchen cutlery which is very simple to use. A normal French fry cutter, cuts along the longitudinal axis of any potato, making the pieces rectangular in shape. In this mechanism the potato passes through a set of blades and makes the fries as uniform as possible. The mechanism of this fry cutter is a bit different. Just like naughty school children, this cutter believes in keeping the fries, natural, non-uniform and in a helical spiral shape. Unlike normal French fry cutters, this cutter does not go through a set of blades. In this situation a single blade is used to cut the potato along its natural surface. This cutting along a curved shape causes the French fry to become curly. There are many variants, like the one that is placed and secured on the table using vacuum cups, or the one that can be permanently screwed on top of the kitchen platform. I purchased the one that can be attached to the table of platform using a clamp. The best feature of this kitchen device is that, you can easily and comfortably, make curly fries from potato or yam without breaking the curl. It is also easy to detach and clean.
My family certainly enjoyed the fries that I made and a suggestion is to have curly French fries with cheese, sour cream or even plain and simple ketchup.