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Baked Potatoes


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On 11/3/2022 at 9:34 AM, btbyrd said:

ATK suggests that oiling potatoes before baking results in a leathery skin. This accords with my experience. They suggest a quick dunk of the potato into a very strong salt brine before cooking. A few minutes before you take the potato out of the oven, brush it with some oil to crispify the skin.

I tried this last week and we thought the potatoes were the best we’ve ever made. Be sure to dock the potatoes before brining. 

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Last night I tried a 5 minute microwave with a 30 minute bake at 400F.  The insides seemed the same as before (nice) but the skin was less hard and easier to cut.  So far this is the winner.

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7 hours ago, mgaretz said:

Tonight I repeated the 5 minute/30 minute experiment with a larger potato and it came out very good.  I think this is the keeper.

I would like to do more experiments, but first I must find somebody who is shopping and can grab me some reasonably sized potatoes!  The monsters I get when I order online are just not suitable. 

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My method is as follows:




Rub with bacon fat

Sprinkle with coarse salt

Wrap in heavy duty foil

Bake for an hour at 425F


I make extra to dice and fry with eggs for breakfast the next day. 

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