Plantain is a great source of a lot of important nutrients our organism needs. Although it can be eaten raw (if it is ripe enough), there are a lot of plantain recipes for really tasty and healthy dishes. One of such dishes is plantain chips.
Plantain chips are really easy to make, which means that you can easily learn how to make plantain chips for sale. Of course, you will need a lot of plantains to make an appropriate amount of the dish, but it is a really easy way to make some money. So, if you want to start your own small business, here are some tips on how to make commercial plantain chips.
1. Choose and buy the plantain
The first thing you need to know before actually learning how to make plantain chips is that for great tasty chips you need to choose right plantains. Your plantains should be as green and unripe as possible, this way your chips will be crispier. Remember that after cooking the plantain’s volume will reduce, so estimate the amount of the fruit you need with this in mind.
2. Slice the plantain
Another very important step in cooking the plantain chips is to properly slice the peeled fruits. You need to make your slices very thin, yet not too thin. If the slice is too thin, it will break under its own weight and you won’t be able to cook it. If it is too thick, you won’t be able to make it crispy and delicious. To make the pieces ideal, you can use a special knife or even a slicing machine.
3. Bake the fruit
Preheat your oven up to 350 degrees. Sprinkle some vegetable oil over the plantain and lay the slices on a baking paper. Paper will absorb extra oil, but you can use aluminum foil as well – just drain the chips with paper towels. Bake plantain until golden (about 30-35 minutes), but be careful – they burn really fast.
4. Choose your flavor
There are lots of different ways you can make this dish. Most of them differ in spices and other products you can use to infuse the chips in additional flavor. For example, here is how to make spicy plantain chips: before covering the slices with oil, mix together grounded ginger, a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and some black or red pepper. Then, put some of this mix on every slice of plantain and sprinkle vegetable oil on it. The next instructions on how to make plantain chips with pepper are the same as before.
If you don’t want to make huge amounts of chips with your hands, there is an alternative on how to prepare plantain chips – use plantain chips making machine.