Baked potatoes have been a favourite dish for years. People have invented many ways how to bake a potato. Besides, baking is one of the easiest and healthiest ways of cooking these vegetables. One medium-size baked potato contains much vitamin C, almost half the daily requirement for it, and about 12 per cent of recommended fiber intake. Potatoes also contain vitamin B, iron, potassium, folate and magnesium.
To preserve all these nutritious features you must know how to make baked potatoes without cooking them in the microwave oven. Microwaves destroy a lot of nutrients. Besides, you won’t get that perfect crispy skin which is the best part of a baked potato.
Baked potatoes is a good option for dieters. They contain hunger-fighting complex carbohydrates, that’s why those who go on a diet are interested in how to make a baked potato quickly and efficiently.
So how to bake a potato correctly? There are different ways and recipes. They are for various appliances ranged between a common oven, a grill, or an electric and microwave ovens and a campfire. Do you really want to know the best way how to make baked potatoes? It’s not so easy as you may think. The most frequent problem with making baked potatoes is that very often we get what appears to be a perfectly baked potato at first sight, but it is hard and improperly cooked inside. Or, maybe we bake it for such a long time to avoid this problem that its skin becomes wrinkled and looks unappetising.
Whether you want to make baked potatoes for yourself or for a crowd of hungry guests, you must remember the following things:
First of all, you need to pick out some taters. Russet potatoes are most widely used for baking. Normally you choose medium-sized potatoes to prepare them uniformly. That’s why the correct solution of how to bake a potato perfectly depends on the size and shape of a tater.
You will also need some oil (any non-motor oil will go) and some salt, either Kosher or sea salt will do.
To start your work, you need to wash your potatoes with a stiff-bristled brush and cold water.
Examine them carefully for any bruises or spots and greenish parts. You must cut them off, for greenish tint makes a potato taste bitter. Be careful not to skin your potatoes.
Stab each potato with a fork. Otherwise, they won’t cook evenly and may burst in the oven.
Now dry your cleaned and poked potatoes with a paper towel and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Take a small bowl and splash some oil into it. Your objective is to coat each potato with oil. You may use your fingers to spread the oil around the potato.
Then you salt each one and put them aside waiting for your oven to heat up. The temperature of the oven will show you how to make a baked potato skin crispier.
You arrange the potatoes over a baking sheet and decide how long you will bake them. Cooking time will vary from 1 hour and up. It depends on the size of your potatoes and the quantity of potatoes you want to bake. Typically, if a fork passes easily through the thickest part, it means that you have learned how to make a baked potato. Anyway, the skin should be crispy and the potato should be puffy and soft inside.
Warning! Mind that you are dealing with hot appliances, that’s why always wear protective gloves, take caution when you handle the cookware, and be aware that potatoes can retain heat for quite a while after baking.
To open a baked potato, take your fork, or you’d better use your fingers. There you have it, and now you seem to know how to make baked potatoes.
Though, you should follow the other tips to make them still more delicious:
If you want to make potato skin softer, you may wrap each potato in foil. The moisture will soften up the skin. Though, different techniques of how to make a baked potato tastier suggest different procedures.
Try to avoid potatoes that are wrinkly, or beginning to sprout. You will lose a lot of potatoes cutting away all the patches.
You may skewer a potato with an aluminum pin to cut baking time in half (not for microwave ovens!).
Bake extra potatoes and use leftovers as a perfect snack for the next day.
Cut leftover baked potatoes into ½-inch pieces and brush them with olive oil and seasonings.
Top baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream, vegetable sauce, spaghetti sauce, pizza topping or anything else to make its taste better.
Try to imagine that you have baked your potatoes on a campfire. There is nothing more tasty than campfire potatoes! No one knows why but how to bake a potato on a campfire is a special sort of knowledge acquired by experts only.
And that’s how to bake a potato! Each has a crispy, golden brown skin and soft, tasty potato goodness inside, doesn’t it? Does it still look rather complicated for you?
Now, when you know how to make a baked potato, what would you like to do next? Of course, enjoy it!