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How to keep latkes crispy for eight days and nights

Moisture is the enemy of fried potatoes.


To make the best latkes, ensure they stay as crispy and crunchy as possible.

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Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights, an eight-day holiday celebrating—among other things—a miracle in which a jar of oil, only enough to provide light for one night, burned for eight. While it isn’t a particularly important religious event, it does come with one of the best traditions: eating fried foods to commemorate that long-lasting oil. So when Hanukkah begins tomorrow night, I'll be biting into on my favorite holiday foods, the potato.

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