You’ll need a frying pan or deep fryer for this step. A deep fryer willmake the final result taste better, but it is not a requirement. You can use aregular frying pan on your stove and still create a very tasty dish. So, putthe vegetable oil in the frying pan or deep fryer and set the temperature tomedium high.
Grab the green plantains and start peeling off the skins. Cut eachplantain at any angle so that it creates five equal pieces per plantain. Putthe plantain pieces into the oil of the frying pan or deep fryer. Leave them inthere for 5 minutes until they turn light brown on all sides.
Grab a large bowl and add hot water, salt and vinegar to it. Scoop outthe plantains from the frying pan or deep fryer. Take the tostonera and flattenthe plantain pieces with it. The tostonera is a flat wooden device designedspecifically for flatting foods, such as plantains.
Put the plantains in the bowl of hot water and let them soak in there.Then put the plantains in the oil again for another five minutes.
Place some paper towels down on the counter. Take the plantains out ofthe oil and put them on the paper towels. Let the paper towels absorb the oilsof the plantains.
Don’t leave the plantains on the paper towels for too long becauseyou’ll want to serve the hot to your guests. If the plantains end up coolingdown too much, then it’ll lose the savory taste that it’s supposed to have. Ofcourse, you can always reheat them in the microwave but it’s still not the samething.