Lets learn all about tornado potato.
What is a Tornado Potato?
The Tornado Potato is a delicious potato snack where the potato is place in a skewer, cut and twisted into a spiral shape, and flash fried; it is also popularly known as the potato tornado, potato twist, twist potato, spiral potato, tornado fries or twisted fries.
To make a more appetizing variety of flavor, it is sprinkled with cheese, bbq, honey, chili lime, ranch, sour cream & onion seasoning or garlic parmesan and other special ingredients as desired.
The appearance, color, and crispy spiral shape of the tornado potato line up beautifully on the streets and shops makes it very attractive to customers.
Tornado Potato History
The mouth-watering tornado potato gained its first popularity in the South Korea as part of their best tasting traditional and cultural street foods and a favorite snack of young and old.
It is also serve in trade fairs, festivities, and parties. Jeong Eun Suk of South Korea was credited as the first to develop this kind of cut while he was still working in the Agricultural Hoeori Inc.
Because of its unique features and creative presentation, it is easily accepted in different parts of the world, including in the United States.
Tornado potato gained its first popularity appearance in the US last August 2007 during the Minnesota State Fair.
Different Types of Tornado Potato and Its Nutritional Value
Regular Tornado Potato – although there are several types of potatoes in the US and in other countries, the popular tornado potato is made from the classic potato or russet potato which is the common types of potato available in the market.
However, using different types of potato also works and taste good as well.
The russet potato it is ideal for baking, frying, and mashing. It has a soft, fluffy and delicate texture that goes well with a variety of seasoning and dishes, making it a very popular choice for a regular tornado potato recipe.
The nutritional value of potato is highly recommended as for all season food, it is a good source of fiber, potassium, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.
For a flavorful and mouth-watering taste, frying is recommended, especially for kids and teenagers.
Tornado Zucchini – Tornado zucchini is another popular alternative for tornado potato, the process of preparation, cutting and frying is almost the same with the popular tornado potato.
However, the taste is milder and not as crunch because of the zucchini’s high water content.
Sweet Potato – because of the orange color of the sweet potato it also added a variant in the family of the tornado potato recipe, but sweet potato has a different nutritional value compared to the common classic russet potato.
The orange sweet potato has beta-carotene which is good for the eyes.
It also possesses other special nutrients that lower the risk of unhealthy radicals.
Tornado Potato with Hot Dog or Sausage in the Middle – this type of tornado potato is definitely one of the favorites, and children are delighted with the combination of potato with the sumptuous hot dog or sausage.
The smell, color and the way it is fried in the store are attracting customers, but making a hole in the twisted fries is not easy, it requires a little mastery and creativity to make a hole and push the hot dog inside the potato.
How to Make Tornado Potato
1. Making Regular Tornado Potato
Basic ingredients and tools: medium size potato, oil, salt and seasoning of your choice, skewers, frying pan and tornado potato machine.
- The simplest way to make a homemade tornado potato is to use a tornado potato machine to spiral the potato.
- After cutting the potato spread it on an up and down direction to fan it out evenly to the skewer, and to make it with a good spiral shape.
- Now preheat the oil to a high temperature (about 375 degrees Celsius), and fry the potato until golden brown.
- For creativity and good taste, add seasoning before serving. You can season it with simple spices, salt, butter, chili or cheese powder after frying.
Tornado Potato Recipe
In this recipe, we will use about 6 to 7 small potato, (you can use the classic potato or sweet potato). You will need oil, herbs, and spices, and optionally you can use other preferred seasoning.
Making the Batter – for the preparation of batter we will need about ¾ cup of cornstarch, ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, ½ cup water, and ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder and skewers. In making the batter simply mix all ingredients very well until smooth and consistently thick.
- The Instruction of cooking the tornado potato with packaged batter is basically the same with the regular method of cooking tornado potato by cutting a small portion of one edge and inserting the skewer slowly.
- Then slowly spread the potato to the skewer.
- Dip or marinate the cut potato in the batter.
- Fry it for about 4 minutes or until golden brown and it is ready to serve with any preferred seasoning.
Types of Tornado Potato Machine, Cutter, and other Tools
Manual Potato Slicer – the manual potato slicer is a good tool to slice a potato manually. You can buy a simple spiral slicer or a stainless steel twisted potato cutter depending on your preference and need.
The spiral cutter costs only about $1 dollar on ebay.com.
As shown below, the potato slicer is easy to use, simply pinch or poke the slicer on top of the potato and gently rotate the slicer to make a twist.
The advantage of this tool is the low price, but the disadvantage is that it takes time to make a twist, and it can also be very stressful to your hands if you make more tornado potato. Therefore, it is basically recommended for home use only.
Manual Rotating Tornado Potato Cutter – if you are making just a few tornado potatoes for a snack, the simplest way to cut the potato is to cut it manually by hand. However, this method is not recommended if you are making more for parties or for special occasions because it is tedious and stressful.
Using the manual tornado potato cutter is highly recommended for faster, presentable and uniform cut. The manual tornado potato cutter cost around $20 to $25 dollars on ebay.com.
It is also very easy to use, simply insert one end of the potato on the rotating part of the cutter and pushing it gently, and then rotate the lever to make the twister. It is also good for home and small business like food cart, stall, and shop.
Electric Tornado Potato Slicer – the tornado potato can be cut manually for home-based cooking, but if you want a more desirable and consistent size and shapes like in food carts, restaurant, and some street foods, a special cutter is needed to achieve a beautifully finished tornado potato using the electric tornado potato slicer.
This machine is also useful for cutting different foods, fruits, and vegetables, including zucchini, tomato, and carrots. It looks like the manual tornado potato cutter; the only difference is that it uses electricity to rotate.
ebay sells this kind of cutter for only $128.99 dollars. It is made of durable stainless steel, and because it is electric, it has forward and reverses function. More so when the pressure is too much, the machine will auto stop to prevent breaking the potato and the blade of the machine. It cuts evenly for potatoes, carrots, zucchini, radish and other fruits and vegetable, it is also recommended for home and business use.
Tornado Potato Display Rack – as an addition to the tools for your tornado potato business, whether you have a concession, kiosk, truck or restaurant type of store, the display rack is a very useful tool to introduce and present a good product line setup beautifully in your countertop.
It is a good tool to entice customers and to attract a real view of the tornado potato rather than stack the twisted fries lying on the glass panel window. The display stand reveals the real flavor, color, variance, smell and shape of the real tornado potato to encourage buyers.
Alternatively, you can also do your own version of the wooden rack just to make the fries stand-out on your display. In Chefsfunfoods.com, it only cost around $14 to $15 dollars and it comes with different shapes and sizes.
Types of Tornado Potato Fryer
12 L Luxury Type Fryer – the luxury type of fryer is a heavy duty electric fryer for tornado potato, meat, fried chicken, French fries and other related products for deep frying. It has a capacity of about 12 liters specially design for commercial and mass production. It usually has a stainless steel body, drainage, and faucet, and for accurate settings, it also includes four thermostat control to control the heat and cooking time.
For cleaning, draining and releasing of oil there is a faucet and a frying head that are rotating for instant cleaning, but you can also clean it manually. It also has the green and red light that act as an indicator if the machine is on and off. In Aliexpress.com, the 12 Liters and 220 volts tornado potato deep fryer cost only around $519.20 dollars or more. This type of fryer is recommended for commercial purposes because of its size.
6 L Single Tank Fryer – for small business and even for home use, the 6 Liters Single Tank Fryer is recommended for business such as the kiosk type of tornado potato or even for concession, truck, and restaurant. It also has a 220-volt socket with simple but durable stainless steel body, but unlike the 12 liters, it has a smaller capacity and can only accommodate about 6 liters of oil. It also has the same 60 to 200 degree Celsius heat charging limit to avoid overheating. Although it is smaller in size, the performance is still the same with the professional and high capacity fryer. It cost around $109 dollars in Aliexpress.com.
The 5.5 L Double Commercial Electric Fryer – this fryer stand by its name, it has a double stainless steel frame for frying the delectable spiral tornado potato, but it is also good for chicken and other meat for frying. It is almost the same with the luxury fryer, it is made with stainless steel body, its temperature control range from 60 to 200 degree Centigrade, but it has a smaller dimension than the luxury fryer. It also has 220-volts socket and with different inclusion such as the oil cylinder, and fry basket.
Tornado Potato Seasoning
The secret recipe for the delectable tornado potato is the seasoning that makes a great variety of tornado potato; it enhances the taste and aroma of the final product, even the simple salt, and pepper is very useful. It can definitely create an identity of a brand if a stand or kiosk has unique ingredients, seasoning, and spices that are not available in the competitor or in the market. This is the reason why some Asian cooking has several secret herbs and spices in their countries. They take advantage of their rich natural resources to find a unique flavor that is not available in other countries, as they say; the food is good as their ingredients.
But since this herbs and spices may be difficult to find for startup, there are several alternative brands and processed seasoning that is already available on the market today, especially for the startup to alter different taste and flavor. Some of the well-known brands that specialize in seasoning and flavoring are McCormick, Adam’s Extract & Spice, and ACH Food Companies Inc. and other brands. The lists below are some of the most popular brands of seasoning available in the market:
- Cheese Flavor Seasoning – the cheddar cheese seasoning is usually a powdered cheese blend with several herbs and spices that will definitely blend well with the tornado potato fries. Cheddar cheese will definitely deliver the great taste and combination of cheddar cheese, milk, and other flavor extracts. A good advice in buying a seasoning like the cheddar cheese is that it has less to zero monosodium glutamate, gluten free, and the department of health certified, other calls it Kosher certified.
- Barbeque Seasoning – the barbecue seasoning is another favorite, it has a combination of traditional smoked barbeque and flavoring that taste like real grilled blends to taste. The flavor is also enhanced with a light taste paprika leaves, onion, and garlic, and again a recommended brand should have less to zero monosodium glutamate, gluten free and government certified seasoning is recommended.
- Garlic Parmesan Seasoning – this seasoning flavor is also popular in Italy and other European countries, the combination of parmesan cheese and garlic is soothing to our taste buds. It also has natural flavor taste, pasteurized milk, and other spices to enhance its flavor.
- Sour Cream & Onion – this flavor is another favorite not just for tornado potato, but also almost every kind of potato fries and other dishes like the cheese. It also blends well with grilled products. It is because of the sour cream combined with onion and buttermilk powder or other milk powder that blends well with different dishes. As usual, buying less monosodium glutamate gluten free and government recommendation seasoning should be sought.
- Other Seasonings – the seasoning for tornado potato is endless, you can even experiment with whatever available seasoning in the store. For instance, you can try the salt and vinegar gourmet, ketchup gourmet fries, garlic and pepper or just about anything available. You can also mix and match some of these seasonings and see for yourself if you can come up with a masterpiece of flavored tornado potato style of your own. It can even be a big hit if you put your own name with the seasoning as an identifier of your own brand. The example below is a variety of seasoning available from Chefs Fun Foods Inc. A set of 9 different seasoning cost around $59.95 dollars, while a single choice cost only $6.95 dollars containing 13 oz. per bottle. Gourmet fries seasoning and flavoring for tornado potato is also available in the market package in bag and sachet.
Tornado Potato Sticks/Bamboo Skewers
Bamboo Stick – the recommended type of skewer used for making tornado potato is made from a splinter free tulda bamboo while some are made from balcoa bamboo stick.
These are better than a soft bamboo stick that bends like the made in China bamboo stick that can only support hot dog or bacon with marshmallow, but not the heavy potato.
The recommended standard size is about 12 to 18 inches long and not so thick and not so thin to avoid bending. Although the 12 inches skewer should fit in most fryers, a longer skewer is also useful for a big potato.
This bamboo stick is also made with a sharp edge to easily push the stick to the fresh and newly cut potato; it is also eco-friendly and disposable.
If you are using large potato, there are also 14 to 18 inches bamboo sticks available in the market or even on ebay.com.
To care and sanitize for the bamboo stick, it is usually boiled for around 10 to 20 minutes before frying or baking. This type of bamboo stick is recommended for home use and mass production.
This long stick is also not difficult to find since it is readily available in the market and on ebay.com. Some related type of stick is also useful depending on its price and as long it can hold the medium and large size potato it should be fine.
Metal Stick – there is also metal stick available on the market useful for making tornado potato, this metal stick is definitely strong and can hold even the large potato.
However, this is only recommended for home use since it is often reusable. But customers usually dispose the stick after eating and the price is also much higher than the usual bamboo stick that makes it non-suitable for a business purpose even it is fashionable and stylistic.
Tornado Potato Business
Tornado Potato Franchise – franchising is probably the best way for those who want a fast tornado potato start-up business, especially if you have the budget.
Franchising is the expansion of a brand or known brand in different areas by a licensing relationship between the franchisor who own the business who show their willingness to grant the license to another person or party who want to duplicate the same business.
The franchisee is the person who wants to imitate another business by gaining the legal rights given and using the skills, knowledge and brand name of the franchisor.
There are several advantages of franchising than creating your own brand, usually, the franchisor has already mastered every aspect of the business from development, seeking supplies, research, marketing, management, and business licensing etc.
The franchisee will not have to work hard to gain all the knowledge and skills, and almost everything needed is included in the franchise, such as the training and development, materials, costing and possibly the projection of income of the business is given.
The idea for a successful franchising is identifying what brand is acceptable in the market. For instance, McDonald and KFC is a sure franchising hit for the fast food industry, although franchising cost very high.
Another advantage a tornado potato business is that the risk of failure is less knowing that the franchisor already identified the problems and they designed proven ideas that work perfectly for the business.
Franchise businesses usually gain a good reputation in the industry, and as they advertise their business, your business is also promoted.
They also provide every advertising, promotion, and source of supplies and others support including possible financing plan, and marketing support during start-up. Even if you are new to the business, it will be easier to adopt.
One of the best parts of a franchising is having exclusivity and rights to a certain territory so that you will not have to compete with the same brand.
However, there are also disadvantages of franchising; one is the high cost of a franchise for start up. There may be royalty fee annually for some franchising business, therefore the profit is shared or already deducted to such fee.
You also have to take note that you must follow the standard quality, product lines, regulations, and operations procedure set by the franchisor.
As a franchisee, you must not add another product or services beyond their rule so your business is still controlled by the franchisor. But these disadvantages are part of franchising and it should not be a huge burden, especially if you are earning.
Tornado Potato Food Truck – the tornado potato food truck business is a convenient business because of its mobility, it is also very popular and easy to attract the attention of passersby because of its colorful design.
The smell of the fried potato also encourages strong influence to customers, plus the owner can choose a desirable location very easily, after the busy day, the owner can go home or take a rest inside their truck.
These trucks are scattered in different parts of Minnesota, New Jersey, Los Angeles and different parts of the United States roaming around the city.
The concept of the truck is filling all the equipment inside the truck and opening the side of the truck that acts as the table and countertop.
The recipe and promotional materials are thoroughly designed all over the sides of the truck and putting chairs in front of the side make a good kiosk or like a rolling store.
The only downfall is that you must invest in the high price of the truck and gas, but the return of investment should not take long depending on the choice of your location good products and good customer service.
It is no secret that more potato truck is roaming all over the city that guarantees a good patronage of customers.
Starting this type of business is not very difficult, and choosing the right perspective, people and cooking process of the potato tornado is not very difficult either.
You must coordinate with your local county or municipality to know their business requirements to reduce a business violation and fine.
All these requirements should not take long, and your business is up and running.
The cost of a self-made or self-designed potato truck is about $40,000, the permit will cost approximately around a $100 to 200 dollars per month, and gas expense will cost around $350 to $400 dollars per month.
If we are to include the cost of machines, truck design, and labor, the overall cost of developing a tornado potato truck business will reach roughly around $60,000 to $70,000 dollars estimated budget cost for start up.
Tornado Potato Food-Cart or Kiosk – the simplest form of developing a good tornado potato business is through kiosk or food cart. In almost all countries, the concession stand, food cart or kiosk is widely accepted indoor and outdoor.
It looks like a mobile kitchen and usually found on large and small streets to encourage passersby and children. This kiosk is usually small and only the supplies, fryers and other cooking equipment could fit on this type of store.
The seller is usually standing or sitting on the side or at the back of the store to serve their customers, like the store below.Food-cart is now made from innovative style and design to capture the attention of the audience; some are design using modular equipment and stainless steel materials, or a combination of aluminum and colorful plastic.
Some kiosk have wheels so it is easily transferred from one place to another. The kiosk is mobile and very convenient store if they believe that they need to transfer or relocate.
There are several companies who offer a customized development of a food-cart or kiosk type food stall according to your business need for indoor and outdoor location, most of them are retractable for easy setup.
For instance, in ebay.com, this type of kiosk or food card will cost around $1,000 up to 10,000 depending on size and materials used. In Alibaba.com, there are food carts available that are good for tornado potato business.
Concession Stand – If your starting out in the tornado potato business then a concession stand may be for you.
I currently have a concession stand selling tornado potato on the weekends at local events. One major reason I went this route was cost. Compared to a franchise, food truck or food cart, going this route is extremely inexpensive. All you really need is a canopy, tables, a fryer, tornado potato machine, skewers, seasonings and your all set.
Having your own tornado potato business or simply knowing how to make your own twisted fries for home use is simply a great experience.
You can use this skill for a simple gathering, picnic, events, family gathering, group meeting, fairs, parties and other occasions. Having your own potato tornado business will open up a fun filled-opportunity.
The advantage is that the United States is rich with potato supplies, it is one of the leading crops in this country, while according to the Department of Agriculture, more farms are selling this kind of vegetables, and more than 50% of its sales go to the production of fries, chips and related products.
Because of the abundance of resources and patronage of people to this new food item, having a tornado potato or related business is definitely a potential source of income.
Furthermore, it is a very enjoyable business, easy to start, and easy to make. Since tornado potato is still a new product in the US market, it is also easy to sell. So whether you want to make a tornado potato business or simply love cooking it at home. We hope that this article all about tornado potato will guide you in your journey.