Homemade Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

Crispy salt and vinegar potato chips will make you question why you buy chips in the first place. Recipes for baked potato chips and fried potato chips provided. Recipe now updated to give these potato chips that lip-smacking flavor thanks to vinegar powder, just like store-bought chips!


Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips made with vinegar powder

For the longest time, I’ve had “make my own potato chips” on my bucket list. Something I did a long, long time ago when taking foods class in middle school. So long ago that I’m pretending I never did. The problem is you have to cut the potatoes super thin to crisp up; otherwise they become French fries (French chips?). Unless you have superior knife skills, you need a mandoline to slice them paper thin. Today I teamed up with OXO to review their handheld mandoline and can finally cross homemade salt and vinegar chips off of my list. And if you’re really good, one of you can win one as well.



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The key to making chips is having super thin slices. So thin that you can practically see through them. Too thick and the middle becomes cooked, not crisped. The OXO mandoline has three settings. I would tell you those settings, but the sizes aren’t labeled anywhere. I’m guessing 1/8 inch thick, 1/4 inch thick, and 1/2 inch thick. They are labeled as 1, 2, and 3. I started out on setting 3 but realized my slices were a tad thick for chips, so then I switched to setting 2 then to setting 1. Much better. If you’re making a dish such as scalloped potatoes or au gratin, then you’ll want to use setting 2 or 3 for uniformed yet slightly thicker slices.

UPDATE: After asking OXO, I found out the measurements for each setting. Setting 1 is 1.5 mm; setting 2 is 2.5 mm; and setting 3 is 4.5 mm.


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To use the mandoline, place it over any bowl and use the gripper to hold the item you are slicing. This is very important because the blade is sharp. However, some long and skinny vegetables such as carrots or parsnips don’t grip very well. When I sliced some carrots for a soup, I couldn’t use the gripper until I got closer to the blade. Fatter produce such as potatoes and apples gripped just fine. Because the blade is so sharp, OXO installed two safety devices. The first is locking the blade in place. Make sure you do this before washing. Second is the gripper slides onto the mandoline and covers the blade for storage. This is very critical if you have a junk drawer of tools (me!) and that you don’t accidentally cut yourself when reaching for something else.


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Now for the best part – the chips! I chose salt and vinegar chips because that’s one of my favorite flavors. Not only do I love the taste, it helps calm my stomach when I feel nauseous from motion sickness. Typically when you make chips, you soak the slices in water. For these chips, you soak them in vinegar instead. I’ve experimented with 30 minutes, 1 hour, and 2 hours. I highly recommend 2 hours for maximum flavor; however, if you are in a hurry, soak at least 1 hour. 30 minutes only gives some hint of vinegar.

Update 1/11/15: I updated the recipe to reduce soaking time since the flavor now comes from vinegar powder (keep reading for more info)


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I also made these chips two ways – fried and baked. I’m going to include directions for both methods, but I think I’m going to stick with baking. The result of both methods produces crispy chips, so why add extra calories? However, frying cooks them much faster. If you have the time, bake them. If not, fry them. In addition to potato chips, I also made apple chips the same way. The possibilities are endless – carrot chips, sweet potato chips, even beet chips.

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This photo shows the chips are on a rack after they are fried, not baked. Sorry for the confusion.

Update 1/11/15: Thanks to several readers, I was introduced to vinegar powder, which is the key to giving these potato chips that lip-smacking store-bought flavor. Although soaking them in vinegar did help, the vinegar flavor was subtle. After multiple test batches, the best way to achieve maximum flavor is to toss the chips into the vinegar powder and salt after frying or baking. Because the flavor now comes from the powder and not soaking, I reduced soaking time to a half hour, which is still needed to ensure the chips crisp up. You can buy vinegar powder online – I bought mine at Spice Jungle.

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Recipe has been updated on 1/11/2015 to reflect vinegar powder in the ingredients and to reduce the soaking time. Vinegar powder is highly recommended as it gives these chips that signature lip-smacking taste.
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large russet potato, peeling optional (roughly 6-8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup white distilled vinegar (or water in a pinch)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar powder* (see Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frying oil (such as vegetable or peanut), enough to fill a fryer or to brush slices before baking
Instructions
  1. With a mandoline (or awesome knife skills), thinly slice the potato to about 1/10 inch (2.5 mm) thick (setting 2 on the OXO mandoline). You do not want to see through the slices.**
  2. Put the potato slices in a bowl and pour vinegar over top. The potatoes should be submerged - if not, add more liquid. Soak for 30 minutes. Drain and pat completely dry.
  3. In a large bowl (preferably with a lid so you can shake it for easier coating), combine the vinegar powder and salt.
For frying the chips
  1. Fill a fryer (or a really deep saucepan) with frying oil of choice and heat to 350F. Place a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet.
  2. When the oil is ready, ensure the potato slices are completely dry. Fry a few at a time until golden brown, being careful not to overcrowd the fryer. Time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the slices, but the average is 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove the chips and place on the cooling rack. Let cool for a few minutes to allow them to crisp up then toss in the salt and vinegar mixture.
  4. Repeat with the remaining slices, ensuring the oil is 350F when frying. You may need to pause in between batches to let the oil heat up again.
For baking the chips
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line two baking sheets with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  2. Ensure the potato slices are completely dry then place the slices in a single layer on the two sheets. Brush each slice with oil.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp (but not burnt). If you find that some of the smaller pieces are baking faster after 10 minutes, you can remove those then finish baking the rest. Let cool for a few minutes to finish crisping up then toss in the salt and vinegar mixture.
Notes
*Vinegar powder is the key to giving these chips that lip-smacking store-bought flavor. You can buy vinegar powder online. Mine is from Spice Jungle .

**If you can't slice them that thinly, make sure all slices are evenly sliced and adjust cook time. If a slice is too thick, it may not crisp up like a chip.

Disclosure: OXO provided me with one handheld mandoline to review and one to give away (giveaway over). All thoughts and photographs are mine. This post also contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I earn a tiny bit of commission if you buy through these links. Each penny made goes back into the blog.

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  1. It doesn’t cut parsnips well?? Hahahahahahaha Ouch.

  2. Carla, I want these potato chips so bad it hurts. I can’t wait to make these. Now, to buy a mandoline.

  3. These sound CRAZY good… I love S&V chips above all others, well except maybe dill pickle

  4. I’d either make a parsnip gratin or these chips. I have a daughter that LOVES salt & vinegar potato chips from the store. I’m thinking she’d enjoy them even more if I made them for her from scratch!

  5. These potato chips look awesome! So thin and crisp and om nom nom

  6. I love that you showed us two ways to make this, since you know I don’t like to fry at home. Baking chips for the win!

  7. Very nice looking chips! Salt and vinegar are my weakness! I have an OXO mandolin already, so I wont enter, good luck everyone! :)

  8. Susan Christy says:

    I will be slicing apples for pie, apple crisp and other fall desserts.

  9. I have the big old bulky granddaddy DeBuyer mandoline, which I love. But I always buy handheld mandolines as gifts, and would find a handheld sufficient (I don’t have one!) for most slicing tasks.

  10. These are amazing Carla. My gramma used to make homemade chips for us all the time. She was from Quebec and man they know chips and fries there. I need to try these, my daughter is a huge salt and vinegar fan. They look absolutely perfect.

  11. My neighbor is blind but cooks everyday. She makes her own granola etc. in the oven, but uses the microwave to make potato chips. She salts and spices them immediately after cooking.They are very good !!

  12. Oh my, I am so going to make these. I would have never have thought to soak in vinegar – that’s such a good idea. I’ll let you know how I go.

  13. Come to mama!! These look amazing! I need to make my own potato chips stat!

  14. Trying these out today. Along with s&v green beans tired of greatn bean casserole…yuck .Oh yeah be careful with mandolin never used one . fingertip almost sliced off….such

  15. Alrighty, I have two of my homegrown red potatoes sliced and soaking. Along, with a carrot that I sliced to make sure my mandolin would get things thin enough (separate containers)… I plan to be eating tasty, organic, and CHEAP chips in about 2 1/2 hours…

    • Hmmmm, okay… some of mine crisped and some didn’t… and they seemed to lack a strong vinegar flavor. I used the bake method and instead of foil used a silicone sheet. Could this be the issue?

      I see the photos show the chips on baking sheets and a baking rack, but the directions say foil lined sheets… should I have baked them on a rack instead? Or is that how you drained your fried chips?

      I used white distilled vinegar… is there a better/stronger vinegar to use? Soak time was about 2.5 hours, got busy with other stuff. ;-)

      • Hmm I’m not sure why yours didn’t crisp up without being in the kitchen with you. Maybe you didn’t brush with enough oil or baked them long enough? I never tried this recipe with red potatoes or with silicone mats, so I’m not sure if that matters. I’ll have to experiment. The tray in the photo is from frying, so that’s why they are on a rack.

  16. Thank you. Is there any special type of vinegar I should use?
    BTW-I purchased the Mandoline and Fryer you recommended from your link. They work great.

    • I used regular white distilled vinegar. Glad you’re enjoying the mandoline and fryer! As you probably saw, the fryer doubles up as an extra cooker when your stove is occupied. I’ve used it when I need a few hours for meat to cook.

  17. I made these yesterday and my son and I gobbled them up and ate them before we could make it in front of the TV! I am thinking about slicing several potatoes at once, next time. Any suggestions on a maximum time these could safely soak in vinegar in the fridge? Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Haha yes I’ve been there too, kinda like eating the movie popcorn before the movie starts ;) I don’t know of a max time, but no more than 24 hours I’d imagine.

  18. Brandilynn says:

    I am trying this today with daikons instead of potatoes. Low carb:-) Wish me luck!

  19. I made the chips and they came out great. My finger slipped off the potato and a piece of my finger got sliced off. Be careful that oxo madoline is so sharp…

  20. How is your instructions gonna mention to use foil and I’m your picture you used a rack? I made these and they didn’t come out too well. The vinegar was too strong and the chips didn’t get crispy prior to burning. :-(

  21. Felicia says:

    I am about to make some of the chips. When I soak them in vinegar, do I place them in the fridge or leave them at room temperature?

  22. Thanks for the recipe!
    Have you tried adding the vinegar after baking them? I’m not a very patient person :)

    • No, I have not. I know French fries can be served with salt and malt vinegar, so maybe you can with potato chips? Although I think soaking beforehand would be better flavor-wise.

  23. Diese Kerle Versuchen says:

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!

  24. Got the potatoes soaking now! Can’t wait to try them in about 2.5 to 3 hours. Is 2 hours the minimum amount to soak in viniger?

  25. I too sliced my finger… I joked about it “finger flavored chips” but it still hurts. I soaked my chips way over 2 hours but my baked chips barely had vinegar taste. I also had some good crispy ones and others weren’t. I think that I missed drying the ones that didn’t crisp up.

  26. OMG!> I am licking the salt off of my fingers as try to type, but i need another few right now, my stomach is actually growling for them! Wait a tic!
    ok, I’m back, brought the plate with me, and my keyboard is now quite greasy! You say, “Karen, stop typing finish your treat, and come back, silly goose.” No. No. No. Now. OMGeezers, these are delicious! And I just made them PLAIN!! I could NOT WAIT even one second let alone an hour for salt and vinegar ones! Cut Them THIN!! Paper Thin! See-Thru Thin! The thinner the better. My see-thru ones, browned up like nobody’s biz, but they tasted of childhood! Lay’s regular, original-style potato chip, had a few tiny pieces of really browned chips, in the bottom of the bag, that I just loved to eat! So, thank you for this so much. My husband and his friend ate so many of them! They loved all the chips I made!. Yeah. I started slicing up everything in sight, when I grabbed the Chihuahua and started off to the kitchen, he stopped me! Enough!, he says. I say, “but I wanted to try a hispanic flavor….” Just Kidding!! I’m goofy that way! Apples,(yes) radishes (don’t bother, really) carrots (meh), and kept munching on my potato chips. I put the apple chips in with the potato chips, and waited.. 3, 2, 1, Whoa! what was THAT? that was goood!, the guys exclaimed as they dove into the mixed plate of chips! I wanted to surprise them! heh heh. sweet and salty, and salty potato chips all together is good!. My next batch of see-thru potato chips are soaking in organic cider vinegar right this second…Can’t wait! Oooo 15 minutes left! Thank you so much! I love this! I love you! Subscriiiii-Bing!

  27. Found a recipe for vinegar salt to increase the lip-smacking burn that I love so much. Once the salt mixture is finished, I will surely be making these with a thick dusting of even more S&V goodness on top!

  28. Can you use cooking spray, like pam, instead of brushing them? Seeing as Pam is basically just canola oil anyway

  29. I just sliced up my potato to soak and I am a little concerned that the vinegar doesnt cover all of the slices. Should I be soking them in a bowl, tin, tray or something else? Or maybe I should put more vinegar in? Thanks, Liv x

    • I soaked mine in a bowl that wasn’t too wide at the bottom. Since bowls can vary in shapes and sizes, if there isn’t enough vinegar, I would add a bit more to cover them.

  30. I’ve made these on two separate occasions and they turned out fairly well. I’d like the vinegar taste to be more powerful & soaking for 3+ hours doesn’t seem to do it. Have you ever used vinegar powder for this recipe?

    • Funny you ask that – I ordered some online and waiting for it to arrive. When I first published this recipe, I didn’t know vinegar powder existed. Once I get to play with it, I’ll update the recipe :)

  31. my sister and I really love this recipe. this recipe is awesome! :)

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