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TIDBITS: The Difference Between Kettle Chips And Conventional Potato Chips

What exactly are “kettle chips,” such as those made by Boulder Canyon, our Top Pick Of The Week (see the previous post)?

Let’s start at the beginning.

Potato chips, invented in 1853 in Saratoga, New York, were originally called Saratoga chips (the history of potato chips).

By the 1920s, every town in the U.S. had its own chip maker, or “potato chipper.” The chip maker sliced up potatoes and fried them one batch at a time in a small kettle.

The chips got soggy quickly in the days before vacuum packaging (or even airtight bags), and needed to be purchased fresh (see the history for the invention of the potato chip bag).

The continuous fryer was invented in 1929, creating tremendous economies of scale and driving most of the small, kettle cookers out of business.

By the 1940s, automation had evolved to change much of America’s artisan food production into mass production, including potato chips.

Potato farmers bred the natural sugars out of potatoes to accommodate mass production, because the natural, variable sugar content required individualized attention to know when the batch was done. That can’t happen in mass production.

The result: Brands like Lay’s and Wise, which sell many millions of bags a year, are certainly popular; but their flavor is only a shadow of the former gustatory glory of the potato chip, made in small batches with more flavorful potatoes.

Hence, the resurgence of the artisan chip.

Today’s “kettle chips” are a return to the thicker, small-batch chips made with top ingredients (you can use some of the best brands to construct fancy hors d’oeuvres, as shown in photo #2).

While today’s “kettles” are fryers much larger than the original stovetop kettle, they are still small in comparison to mass-produced chips.

Don’t be afraid to spend more: With many brands, it really is a superior potato.

  • Read more about potato chips in the Snacks Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
  • Fry your own kettle chips with this recipe.
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    Artisan Potato Chips

    Potato Chip Garnish

    The right chip is not just a good snacker: It creates sexy hors d’oeuvres. [1] Saratoga Chips, the original branded chip (photo The Nibble). [2] A house-made waffle chip as an hors d’oeuvre garnish (photo courtesy Kettle Brand chips.

     

      

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    TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Boulder Canyon Potato Chips

    Boulder Canyon Potato Chips
    Two of our favorite flavors of Boulder Canyon potato chips: Hickory Barbecue (front) and Parmesan &
    Garlic.
      The second potato chip to be named a Top Pick Of The Week by THE NIBBLE specialty food magazine is the polar opposite of our first. North Fork Naturals, the first top chip, offers classic potato and sweet potato chips. Boulder Canyon pulls out all the stops to present seven flavors plus “original” all natural potato chips.* These thickly-sliced, small-batch kettle chips are flavor-forward in a delightful way: You know what you’re tasting, and it tastes good. Whether as a casual snack with a beer, a more tony encounter with a martini, a side with a sandwich or a more creative pairing (garlic chips are killer with cucumber-yogurt dip), you’ll understand the difference between a chip off the same old block and a chip that belongs at the Ritz.The kettle chips are made in Balsamic Vinegar & Rosemary, Hickory Barbecue, Jalapeño Cheddar, Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt, Parmesan & Garlic, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Spinach & Artichoke and Totally Natural/Original. We do have some favorites. Read the full review to find out what they are. Find more of our favorite salty treats in the Snacks Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
    *There are also three crinkle-cut flavors.

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    RECIPE: Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert

    If you still don’t have a special Valentine’s Day dessert, you can pick up these ingredients and have something special in 5 minutes.

    Kozy Shack’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries all-natural pudding and pie filing is the first in a new line of Limited Edition products from the pudding company. This flavor, available through April 1st, drops large pieces of strawberries into a very satisfying chocolate pudding.

    The recipe for the Chocolate-Strawberry Cream Pie is on the package, but we’ve included it below. The pudding is delicious right out of the container and as an ingredient in other desserts.

  • If you can’t get hold of this limited-edition flavor, buy the regular chocolate pudding and stir in some diced strawberries, fresh or frozen.
  • If you prefer real whipped cream to frozen whipped topping and have an extra 10 minutes to stabilized whipped cream that doesn’t collapse (deflate), see the recipe below.
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    RECIPE: EASY CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY PUDDING PIE

    Ingredients

  • 1 eight-inch pre-made pie shell (regular or chocolate crust)
  • 22-ounce container Kozy Shack Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Pudding
  • Whipped topping
  • Fresh strawberries and shaved chocolate to garnish
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    Preparation

    1. POUR the pudding the into pie shell and spread evenly.

    2. COVER the entire surface of the pie with whipped topping. Place in the freezer for an hour.

    4. REMOVE, slice and serve.

     

    Kozy Shack Pie

    Kozy  Shack Chocolate Pudding Recipe

    Make this pie in 5 minutes with Kozy Shack’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries pudding and pie filling. Photos courtesy Kozy Shack.

     
    RECIPE: STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM WITH GELATIN

    Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 4 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE the gelatin and cold water in a small pan; let stand until the mixture is thick. Then place the pan over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from the heat. Let it cool, but do not allow it to set.

    2. WHIP the cream with the sugar until slightly thick. While slowly beating, add the gelatin to whipping cream. Whip at high speed until stiff.
     
    Visit KozyShack.com for more recipes, and check out the recipe collection in the Desserts & Ice Cream Section of THE NIBBLE webzine.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Heart-y Valentine Sandwiches

    Peanut Butter Sandwiches
    If you don’t have heart-shaped cookie cutters, use stars for your “star” Valentine.
      Each year, the Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village helps lovers celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special Sweetheart’s Snack. It includes heart-shaped PB sandwiches, milk, PB cookies, and other goodies. You can create the treat at home with a large heart-shaped cookie cutter, your favorite PB and J, and a mix tape of romantic tunes. (If you don’t have a heart, you can substitute stars or other shapes). Keep your lover guessing: Use a different flavor of peanut butter on each sandwich. If your Valentine prefer savory to sweet, use a garlic or Southwestern PB with turkey or ham, instead. Read our reviews of our favorite peanut butters: plain, crunch and flavored, and our favorite jellies, jams and preserves.
     

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    RECIPES: Valentine Cocktails

    If your idea of a Valentine’s Day celebration is more than Champagne—or if you’d like to warm up to that bottle of Champagne with some kissable cocktails, for your drinking pleasure we present:

    The Love Potion Cocktail, made with Absolut Raspberry and cranberry juice
    The Right Kiss, gin, ruby Port and maraschino liqueur
    Pomegranate Martini, with vodka, Grand Marnier and pomegranate juice

    Find more mixology in the Cocktails & Spirits Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.

      Valentine Martini

    Love Potion Martini, a creation from Ocean Spray.

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