Natural Looking Potato Chips

This is the most natural looking potato chips, in commercial packaging, I’ve ever seen. Unlike the others. Triangle shape and curly. Octagon and curly. Circle with uniform curvature. It is engineered so it can be stacked fit in a tube. Every item that never met shape, size and color specifications are thrown away, repurposed or sent back for reprocessing. You know which product I am talking to! It is very popular because of its trade mark shape and stacking manner. Including its packaging gorgeous look, it is eating potatoes in style.

natural potato chips

Instead of basic slicing and frying method, potatoes goes to grinding, mixing with other ingredients and then shaping to desired shape and sizes. Why there is a need for that? Because the industry is constantly evolving. Everything must be uniform and fit into place. Potatoes come in different sizes and shape. Something must be done about this err. Too small and damage may go to waste. Variety, growing location and harvest season may cause flavor changes. There are times of scarcity and steep pricing. Processing is like a magic trick that remedy all these problems.

Chips in this pack came in different sizes and the curls have no sense of direction. I immediately know that it was made using the basic slice and fry technique. A relative method of banana chips. Every part is taken to fryer and packed for sale. I cooked several times for ourselves. It looked similar to this. Mine were pale though. This was attractive golden yellow.

Potatoes are expensive. I am not in the luxury to do it often.

I was disappointed when I turned around the packaged. There was a long list of hard to read ingredients. I was pretty sure the potato slices were natural cut. Then, it must be the concoction of flavorings.  Plain, garlic and a little salty are fine choices.  Modified atmosphere with a good sealed packaging is a good combination to prolong shelf life. If done properly, other doubtful additives maybe omitted.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.