What does "kettle cooked" mean? "Kettle" is the thing with a spout you boil water in, as far as I know. You don't boil potatoes to get potato chips, do you, though?

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While teakettle is the most common association with kettle, a kettle can be any metal container in which food or liquid is heated. It's a less common word for pot. There are also industrial kettles, which are essentially large vats.

Here is a link to an engineeringworld article about how potato chips are made. The distinction between kettle-cooked and modern standard chips seems to be that kettle-cooked chips are fried in batches in the kettle, while modern standard chips go through a "continuous" fry process on a conveyor belt.

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    One day our nurseries will ring with the sound of "Polly put the kettle on - we'll all have chips." Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 5:22
  • Sergey, it's advertising. Ignore it.
    – pHred
    Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 13:10
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    The difference to the person buying them is that kettle-cooked chips have a different texture; they're crunchier.
    – Hearth
    Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 14:49
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    There's also "kettle corn", a distinct variety of popcorn.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 15:42
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    @Hearth And it's unclear whether this is because they're kettle-cooked, or the potatoes are cut thicker, or something else. "Kettle cooked" may be as much a marketing term for one particular possible style of kettle cooked chips as it is a description of the manufacturing process. Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 19:54

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