Starches are, in fact, composed of chains of simple sugars. How-to videos. Cut the potatoes into even sticks, whatever size you prefer. They should definitely not be damp. French Fry Problems Perfect fries are fluffy inside and crispy outside, with millions of micro-bubbles forming a shatterable golden crust.
Soak for at least 30 minutes but as long as overnight. I know, I know — I eat so healthy, I carry on about how important it is to eat your greens, blah blah. This recipe was tested both ways with and without soaking the cut potatoes in ice water and the soaked potatoes were lighter and fluffier on the inside and crispier on the outside.