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Why You Need To Stop Throwing Out Your Potato Peels

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Why You Need To Stop Throwing Out Your Potato Peels 

It never dawned on me to stop throwing out my potato peel skins until the other day. And wow, am I glad I did. Do you love chips as much as I do? Well, here’s a way to make all natural potato chips from discarded peels. Yep, and they are super delicious too.  

Potato Peels

Because they were so easy to make, super delicious, all natural, and a lightbulb moment for me, I thought I’d share this quick and easy tip with you! 

I was ho-humming through peeling my potatoes the other day to make my incredibly delicious 7 minute mashed potatoes and noticed the huge amount of potato peels I was about to throw out and thought – wow, these would make great chips! 

I decided to fry them up and see what happens, and I’m so glad I did. They are super delicious! Now, you can bake them instead of frying them to avoid the oil but, I opted to fry them in some oil for the full experience. 

Once, they were done – which takes a quick few minutes on the stove top – I made sure to let them sit on paper towels for about 2-3 minutes to soak up all the excess oil. That happened to work great! The chips were not greasy at all!

The first thing you will want to do is be sure to soak the peels in water while you are peeling your potatoes. Soaking them keeps the peels moist and prevents them from browning while you are in the peeling process. These skins were from a 5lb bag of potatoes. 

Potato Peels

When you are ready to fry them – DO NOT place wet potatoes in oil. You must dry them off with a towel or paper towels first. Placing wet food in oil is extremely dangerous as it makes the oil pop and splatter! 

As you can see below, I placed the skins in paper towels and took out most of the moisture. 

Potato Peels

OK, so now we are ready for the delicious part! You can choose to bake them but as I stated earlier, I opted to fry them in oil. You will only need a small amount of oil to get the job done. 

You can see below I had enough oil to barely cover the skins.

Potato Peels

After about two minutes on the stove top, you can start to see them turning into golden brown goodness!

Potato Peels

When they start to look like browned chips, that’s when you can remove them from the stove.

Potato Peels

Remove from heat, and scoop the chips out of the oil. I love to use my basket tool to remove anything that frying on the stove top. It does a perfect job of leaving the oil behind while allowing you to scoop your food perfectly!

Once you remove the chips from the oil, be sure to place them on some paper towels to absorb the excess oil. I let mine sit for about 2 minutes. 

Season with salt and pepper and wow! 

Potato Peels

You can add them to salads or use them as a garnish for any foods. I love adding them to my string bean casserole! Why buy store-bought when you can make them yourself? They are free from chemicals and all natural and delicious!

I like to think of them of them as bacon-like – you get all the crunchy goodness and yummy golden brown flavor!

 Potato Peels

I’ve made potato chips before but never used the skins from peeled potatoes! What a brilliant idea! Now, you can stop the waste and make something delicious at the same time! I hope you get to make and them soon! 

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  1. Ahhhh yes please, these do sound so delicious Carolann. I heard that most of the nutrients are in the potato skins so it’s a double bonus for me. Now, how about sharing that string bean casserole of yours so I can try that one too?

  2. Hi Michelle! I am so in love with these skins! They are super yummy and cook up so fast too. Ah yes, my string bean casserole is so darn good too. I will have the post up soon. Hope all is well. Always good hearing from you!

  3. This is a fantastic idea that I know for sure we will love and I appreciate the tips for how to fry them in the best and safest way. Homemade chips – OMG yes.

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