Monday, March 14, 2011

National Potato Chip Day with kids!

National Potato Chip and National Chip and Dip Day

Potato chips (known as chips in American, Australian, Canadian, Singapore, South African, Hawaiian English, Indian English and Jamaican English as well as most European languages; crisps in British and Irish English, chippies in New Zealand) are thin slices of potato that are deep fried.

Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by an Irish chef named George Crum.  One day, a customer named Cornelius Vanderbilt; continuously sent the fried potatoes back to the kitchen, complaining that they were too thick and soggy.  Agitated, Crum decided to slice the potatoes so thin so that they could not be eaten with a fork. The customer was so pleased with Crum's creation that they became a regular item on the restaurant's menu!

During the month of March we celebrate National Potato Chip Day, and National Chip and Dip Day along with Saint Patrick’s Day.  What better month to add a little fun and education about this incredible root vegetable. 

There is a lot of information around potato's that is educational and we are definitely going to spend some time learning more about them.  From Mashed Potatoes to French Fries to Potato Chips, they will learn general facts about this vegetable and how they are part of many cultures and celebrations. 

We plan on "visiting Ireland" in our school rooms and recreating the feeling, emotions and lives of the people during the Irish Potato Famine.  We will teach the kids the facts and try to delve into how it must have felt to live during that time.  

We will top off our study by going to visit the Herr’s Potato Chip Factory and seeing how potato chips are made, marketed and sold.  All and all, this added adventure to our month.   

Learn how to make your very own potato chips below and you can also season them with your favorite seasoning.

Homemade Potato Chips
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Peanut oil, for frying
2 potatoes, thinly sliced

In a large heavy saucepan, fill oil no more than halfway and heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
Add the potato slices in batches. Fry until light golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels, season with salt, and serve.

Poteki by Kazuhito Ishida

Poteki by Kazuhito Ishida

Another great find!  Poteki, a play on the Japanese word for potato chips (abbreviated as potechi) and the word for tree (ki). 

We couldn’t find the tutorial on this adorable potato chip tree but it looks very simple to replicate…we may give this a try! 

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