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How to Bake a Potato

Learn How to Make the Perfect Baked Potato

The perfect baked potato is crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.  Baking potatoes is simple.  To make a baked potato, simply wash your favorite type of potato, we recommend the russet potato because of its flavor and texture. Then follow the steps below for baking them in the oven, crockpot or microwave. If you’re looking for other ways to prepare potatoes, please check out our how to cook potatoes page.

In an oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Place potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until fork tender.
  3. Slice open each potato. Place 1 Tablespoon of butter in the center of each potato.
  4. Add additional toppings if desired.

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In a crockpot:

  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork several times
  2. Rub the potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and wrap tightly in foil.
  3. Place the potatoes into a crockpot, cover, and cook on High for 4 ½ to 5 hours, or on Low for 7 ½ to 8 hours until tender.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the crockpot and slice open each potato.
  5. Place 1 Tablespoon of butter in the center of each potato.
  6. Add additional toppings if desired.

How to Make a Baked Potato

In the microwave:

  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork several times. Place on a plate.
  2. Cook on full power in the microwave for 5 minutes. Turn over and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
  3. When the potato is soft, remove from the microwave, and cut in half lengthwise. Place 1 Tablespoon of butter in the center of each potato.
  4. Add additional toppings if desired.

 

 

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