VEGAN Homemade Crisps

Something I always thought would be simple and easy to make for yourself is crisps. I’m always looking for new things that we can make at home rather than going out and buying, and when a recipe only involves potatoes, a bit of sunflower oil, and salt, how could I not try it?! Obviously, because of the simple ingredients, they are fully vegan and I decided to try out two methods of cooking them, when I was looking into the process I'd seen that a lot of people just bake them in the oven, but others were using an air fryer, they said it was quicker and the crisps came out crunchier than in the oven, I made a double batch (approx 100g) and put half in the oven and half in the air fryer to test out which is better. I’ve written out a method to show you this very basic process but it takes less than 20 mins to do this so if you can master crisps you can make these as a snack any time you feel like it, and know that they’re not full of rubbish like supermarket crisps! 


Ingredients 
Makes 100g 

2 medium-sized Potatoes, peeled 
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sunflower Oil 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 Fan/ Gas Mark 4 and lightly oil a baking tray or use a silicone baking mat. 
  2. Using a VERY sharp knife, carefully slice wafer-thin slices of potato, if you have a mandoline this will be much easier, but I don’t have one of those so I just used a knife.
  3. Place your potato slices in a small bowl and add oil and salt, mix this together until each slice is generously covered. 
  4. Now, lay half the slices out on a baking tray for the oven, make sure they aren’t overlapping as we want them to cook evenly. Take the other half and put them in the air fryer. 
  5. Let the slices cook for around 10 mins, then turn them all over and let them cook for another 10 mins. It’s harder to gauge in the air fryer which ones are crisping up and which ones aren’t as they’re all constantly overlapping, so I much preferred the oven technique. 
  6. Once your potato slices are crispy, take them out of the oven/air fryer and leave them to cool on a wire rack until completely cool. 
  7. Keep in an airtight container for no more than 3 days!  

See how easy that is?! 
I know these aren’t perfect but I'm pretty happy with the crisps as a first attempt, they tasted incredible when they were warm out of the oven but as they started to cool down they started to have a chewy-type texture and lost their crispiness, so I'm not sure what I did wrong there but I will try again eventually, but if you want to make crisps that are warm and crunchy straight out the oven then this recipe is perfect and you’ll have no problem, but as crisps are usually eaten cold I'm not quite sure how to make sure they stay crispy as they cool, if you have any ideas please let me know!!
I only used the basic salt and oil combo on them this time but you could add anything you want to; vinegar, paprika, dried cheese with chives, anything you like the sound of is so easy to sprinkle on the top of these crispy, tasty potatoes! 

H x

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