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DIY Potato Chips


The Accidental Locavore was thinking about prepared foods you could make on your own, when it occurred to me that I'd seen a recipe somewhere for making potato chips in the microwave. Since there were a few Yukon Golds lurking in the fridge, why not give it a try? It gave me an excuse to get out my favorite piece of kitchen gear — my mandoline. While it’s not something I use very often it holds a special place in my heart, as it was the very first gift I got from my husband — pretty cool, right?  Other than the mandoline (or some really great knife skills), these don’t require any gear and are really easy. 

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  • 2 potatoes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • Seasonings (optional)


Slice the potatoes very thin using the mandoline. As you slice them, put them in a bowl with cold water. When you have finished slicing, drain the potatoes and rinse them thoroughly. Dry them in a salad spinner or between 2 clean dish towels.

Arrange the slices on a paper towel on a large plate, or on the turntable of the microwave. If you’re using olive oil, paint them with the oil and salt them. Don’t let the slices touch each other or they’ll stick together.

Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Turn the chips over and microwave for about 2 more minutes (depending on your oven), until they are golden brown and crispy. Keep your eye on them so they don't burn too quickly.