Purple potato chips — make them fat-free, salt-free

Potato chips are difficult to squeeze into a low-fat, low-salt diet, but I found a way to make my own with no salt and no fat thanks to a handy microwave device, Top Chips chip maker, that I bought last year. I’ve come to make them as a special treat from time to time, usually making one large russet potato into chips.

Purple potatoes can be turned into fat-free, salt-free chips in minutes.
Purple potatoes can be turned into fat-free, salt-free chips in minutes.

I recently ran across purple potatoes at our local farmers’ market and wondered what those would taste like turned into chips. I was a little surprised to learn the inside of the potatoes was not actually purple. A few purple flecks were noticeable but other than that they looked like regular potatoes. so these must have been a hybrid of some sort since information I’ve found about true purple potatoes shows them with a purple color inside.

Going ahead with my plans, I turned two purple potatoes into chips. The results were good, the chips tasted a bit more starchy to me than the russet variety. They did crisp up more quickly in the microwave, I noticed.

Purple potato slices ready to be turned into chips.
Purple potato slices ready to be turned into chips.

Making an entire potato into chips takes about 15 minutes because each batch of chips needs to be in my microwave for five minutes. Yours may need more or less time, experiment with them to find out.

The finished purple potato chips.
The finished purple potato chips.

I enjoyed the purple potato chips but will be returning to my russets next time around the chip carousel.


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