I've never understood why there's such a big price difference between potatoes and those bags of frozen french fries in the freezer aisle. Frozen fries are the same thing as plain potatoes--they've just been sliced and frozen. But why can you get 10 pounds of potatoes for about the same price as one pound of french fries? Rather than worry too much about it, I've started making my own french fries at home. All you need is a vegetable cutter to help crank out the cut potatoes and a pan full of hot oil.
The Progressive International Vegetable/French Fry Cutter is an ideal french fry cutter. It comes with two blades: one that makes three-eight inch fries and one for half inch fries. Both blades are stainless steel, and the handle is plastic. This french fry cutter can also julienne carrots, cucumber, zucchini, and other vegetables quite well. Progressive International's model isn't very large, but as long as you're not planning to feed french fries to your entire neighborhood, it can handle your vegetable cutting needs. You can turn one potato into a handful of fries with a single push of the lever.
You can find the Progressive International Vegetable/French Fry Cutter for $11.50.