How to bake a potato, step by step with pictures



So you want to know the best way to bake a potato? Golden, crispy brown skins and soft, tasty potato-goodness inside? It's quite simple and easy to do, and if you follow along with me I will show you how to do it every step of the way.

Baking potatoes will take you from 1 to 1&1/2 hours to do in the oven, which is the method I will be showing you here. Microwaves speed it up, but they destroy a lot of the nutrients and you just don't get the same crispy skin in the microwave and everyone knows that the skins are the best part!

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How To Bake A Potato

First, you need some taters. Russet potatoes are the most popular for baking, either large or small. I like small so I can eat a few. This way I get more tasty, crunchy potato skin in my portion. Mmmmm..

How To Bake Potatoes

You are also going to need some oil (Olive or Canola oil are preferred, but any non-motor oil will work, hehe) and some salt. Many people prefer Kosher, I use sea salt. Any will do.

How to bake a potatoe

Let's get to work! Clean your potatoes with a stiff-bristled brush and cold water. In a pinch the scouring side of a sponge will work, but be careful not to skin your potates!

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After you've throughly cleaned the potatoes, look them over and remove any bruises or miscolored spots. I just dig them out with my finger nails.

how to cook a potato

Using your average fork work your way around each potato stabbing deeply into it's flesh. 6-12 stabs should do it depending on the size of the potatoes you are using. This allows steam to escape during the cooking process.

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Cooking potatoes

Your potatoes have now been cleaned and poked. Dry them off with a paper towel and preheat the oven to 350F

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Take a small bowl and add just a splash of your chosen oil, and have a container ready for the taters once they've been oiled.

How to bake a spud

The objective is to LIGHTLY coat each potato with oil. How you do this is up to you. My method is to lightly dab each potato in the oil and then use my hands to spread the dab around the entire spud like so...

Baking up a spuds

Then lightly salt each one and put aside as you wait for the oven to heat up.

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Now you should have a container full of cleaned, poked, and oiled potatoes.

how to bake a potatoes

Arrange them in a 350F oven over a baking sheet to catch any drippings.

how to bake a potato

Cooking time will vary from 1 hour and up depending on the size and quantity of potatoes you cook. For the above batch the magic number was 1:15. The skin should be puffed up, golden-brown and crispy, and the potato should squish easily and be very soft on the inside. Careful, potatoes retain heat for quite a while!

how to bake a potato

To open a baked potato, take your fork and stab a dotted line half way around a potato, then using your thumb and index finger squeeze at both ends of the line. It will pop right open.

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There you have it, easy and delicious baked potatoes! Now that you've learned how to bake a potato, you get to have fun dressing it with your favorite topping and eating it! Yummmm..

How to bake a potato


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