I’m pretty excited about this. I recently hosted a Pampered Chef party and I got this microwave chip maker. I was skeptical at first, but once I gave it a try, I pretty much fell in love. I do recommend buying these, but if you can’t wait or you’re trying to save money, here is a step-by-step frugal-friendly method:

You will need:

  • a microwave
  • a sweet potato
  • salt
  • cold water
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 paper plates (the cheap kind that is super thin and has no pattern or coating)

Step 1
Slice your potato. I strongly recommend using a mandolin slicer so that all your slices are the same thickness. 

Step 2
Soak your potato slices in cold water for about 5 minutes. 

Step 3
Remove the slices from the water and spread out on a clean dish towel. Blot with another clean dish towel, removing as much moisture as you can. 

Step 4
Toss potato slices into a DRY bowl with salt. Mix potatoes with the salt using your hands and set bowl to the side. 

Step 5
Grab 2 paper plates. You want the cheap kind, the kind with absolutely no waxy coating. Cut small holes into the plates as if you are making a paper snowflake. You want to do this with two plates so you can rotate them. The plate gets thick if you fold it more than once and becomes difficult to cut. Take your time and fold it in halves. Diamond shapes are the easiest to cut. Keep the following in mind:

  • It doesn’t need to be perfect.
  • Keep the holes small, bigger holes cause the potatoes to burn to quickly.
  • Make the holes as consistent as possible so the potatoes cook evenly.

Once you’re done, flip the plate UPSIDE-DOWN.

Step 6
Lay potato slices on the upside-down plate evenly, making sure they don’t touch.

Step 7
Place the slices on the plate in the microwave for 2-4 minutes or until the chips just begin to brown. It is okay to stop the microwave and check the chips. They will feel crunchy, if they do not, return them to the microwave for 15 or 30 second intervals. The size of the potato slices will make the time vary a little from each plate. 

Step 8
Subscribe to my newsletter to get my Savory Sweet Potato Chip Recipe :)