How do you bake potatoes?

United States
April 24, 2008 3:17pm CST
I have always wrapped them in tinfoil because that is how my mm has always done it. Well, I needed baked potatoes for dinner tonight and didn't have any tinfoil. I did a quick web search (that I got paid for...see my profile) and discovered that you don't HAVE to wrap them! I never knew this! My potatoes are now happily in the oven in all their naked glory...lol. So, I decided to do a sort of poll and see if everyone knew about this besides me...do you wrap your potatoes in foil for baking and, if you do, did you know you didn't have to?
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@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
6 May 08
I stick mine with a fork and cook them in the microwave. I put them in foil, if I put them on the grill.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
25 Apr 08
For myself it depends on how many I'm cooking and where I'm cooking them. If it's just one potato for myself I put it in the microwave to cook. Now if I'm cooking for the whole family I do it in the over and I've never wrapped them. I just set them right on the rack and let them cook that way. The only time I have wrapped a potato is when I'm cooking on a grill or over a fire. Then I wrap it because sometimes the skin can get scorched otherwise. I have to admit when it's cooked that way they can be very good and they have a slightly different flavor when I cook them on the grill or fire from when they are cooked in the oven.
• United States
25 Apr 08
I will have to try them on the grill. I just asked hubby tonight where our grill is because it is finally getting to be nice enough for that around here. Thank you for responding.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
25 Apr 08
You're welcome and I hope you enjoy them that way. I know we haven't done it on the grill in a while either. I think ours needs some major cleaning before we can use it.
@gantwick (849)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I've done them in the oven with and without foil. Without foil, I will rub them lightly with shortening to keep the skins soft. Also, I'll sometimes put a clean nail into eat potato, which will cook them more evenly and, I believe, more quickly since they are being cooked inside and out. In a hurry, I'll do them in the microwave. But there is something about the oven that makes the inside texture yummier, IMHO.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
Butter would probably work for the skins, you think? I will try that if I find myself needing to do this again...the crispy skins were fine for tonights dish, but I would prefer them softer to eat plain. Neat tip about the nail. Thanks!
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@gantwick (849)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I've tried butter, which is great, but make sure the potatoes are on a cookie sheet or in some kind of baking pan. The butter dripped down onto the heating element and we would have little bursts of fire in the oven.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I've done it with, but mostly do it without now since I don't see much of a difference. When I'm having a baked potato as a side dish, I do them in the oven so the skin is crispy. I love to scoop out the potato and eat separate from the, adding butter and salt to both. Mmmmm mmm, love that skin! If I'm having it for a quick lunch I usually microwave one, then add broccoli and cheese or whatever else I have on hand. Yum!
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• United States
25 Apr 08
Yes, they were crispier...good for skins topped with cheese, chives and sour cream- woohoo! But, for a side dish thing, I prefer them wrapped. Now I know!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Well I'm glad you DIDN'T know at first and had to go looking. Whether you searched for it or posted here, we both still win!
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I love baked potatoes and my Mom never used foil unless she baked them on the charcoal grill. I also like to wet them a bit and rub the skins with sea salt or season salt, it adds to the flavor a little. If I am in a rush I will half bake them in the microwave and then put them in the oven the last 15-30 mins to crisp up the skins. Do you eat the skins? I cut the potato in half the short way and scoop out the potato and then add butter to the skins. They are good that way. Just make sure you wash them first.
• United States
25 Apr 08
I eat the skins based on my mood. Yes, not wrapping them makes perfect potato skins for eating how you described. Thanks for responding!
@Stiletto (4584)
25 Apr 08
I have baked potatoes quite a lot and I never wrap mine. I don't think they taste the same if they're wrapped in tin foil. It does something to the skin I think but then I like my potato skin to be quite crispy - some would say burnt but that's the way I like it lol.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
I agree- they don't taste the same and the skins are crispier without foil. I am happy, though, because now I know and can cook them different ways depending on what I will be using them for. Thanks for responding.
@venshida (4838)
• United States
24 Apr 08
My mom always use tin foil so that's what I do. If it's not needed it seems like wasting money.
• United States
25 Apr 08
That was sort of my thought, too...but I think I do like them better wrapped.
• United States
24 Apr 08
Actually! I did know about this......you poor thing. The tinfoil thing is so so very out of date. Actually i prefer cooking my potatoes in the microwave. What i usually do is get a big plastic or glass bowl (whichever you prefer) i take all the potatoes that i plan to cook and poke holes all around it. This can be done with a fork or a knife. I then spread light butter over them. This causes the skin to not dry out during the cooking process and makes the outside very moist in the end. I usually set it to about 20 minutes and they taste oh so very good when they are done.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
hehehe...learn something knew everyday, right...? :) Thank you for responding.
@liquorice (3901)
24 Apr 08
Yes, I knew that you don't have to wrap them, but I think that they taste nicer wrapped and cooked in the oven. I normally do them in the microwave now as it's much quicker (obviously without the foil!!), but they're so much more enjoyable when they're crispy on the outside. I find that microwave and then oven is a good compromise though! I hope you enjoy your potatoes.
• United States
25 Apr 08
They worked well for the stuffed potato type of dish we were having (see response above) but I think I prefer them wrapped. My daughter put foil in the microwave once- that was NOT FUN!! Wowser, does that cause some serious sparks!!! Thanks for responding.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I don't wrap mine, I just poke some holes with a fork and put them in the oven. I do wrap them, though, when I cook them on a grill or in the campfire, to keep them clean and from burning.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
I don't think I have ever cooked them on a grill or fire...but yes I could see wrapping them in that instance. Thank you for responding! :)
@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
24 Apr 08
No my mom never always wrapped her potatoes. Its good to learn new things everyday.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
funny some of the things we just don't question...lol. I guess I figured baking potatoes her way worked fine so why not...? Thanks for responding!
@kezabelle (2985)
24 Apr 08
I do mine in the microwave until they are almost done and then I put them in the overn no foil for 5 mins each side so the skin goes crispy! You cant have a baked spud without a crispy skin but im often short of time when cooking lol
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• United States
25 Apr 08
Nifty tip when time is short! Thanks!
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I don't usually wrap them in foil. I'm too impatient to bake potatoes in the oven, so I do it in themicrowave. xD I just wash and poke vent holes in the potato, microwave it for 4-5 min. and them let it sit under a ceramic bowl for 10 min. or so, until it's done. :]
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• United States
25 Apr 08
I thought about steaming them in my microwave steamer...I do prefer to cook in the regular oven, though. Impatient...lol...I have been known to tap my fingers in front of the microwave and telling it to hurry up. HAHA!
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I always make them in the oven with the tinfoil too , because that is how my mom did them as well . I had no idea you could make them without . I will take a look at what you found . I wonder why when you go out to eat they are wrapped?
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
6 Jul 08
When I make baked potatoes I don't bother wrapping them in foil, I just wash them and poke a couple holes in them and bake them. I don't even put them on a cooking sheet, I just put them right on the rake in my oven. It takes about an hour to bake a medium size potatoe this way. I don't eat potaotes very often as I am dieting and potatoes is a carb and I am staying away from carbs since cabs seem to be the way I gain weight.
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@ashly1979 (1376)
• United States
18 May 08
i love bake potatoes this is how i make my bake potatoes i put my in a microwave i found out that was the easy way for me to do it that way i use to put my bake potatoes like you did but not anymore they are still good like that i hope i could be some help to you have a good night
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• Canada
11 May 08
We wrap them in tinfoil to bake them, too. My moher always did them that way, and they tasted really good, so why change the recipe? Then we cute them half way in hal, and serve them with sour cream, and sometimes grated cheese.
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
26 Apr 08
I either cut them in wedges and bake them in the oven with a bit of olive oil, salt , pepper and rosemary, or i wrap them in foil and bake them in the oven and we eat them with sour cream, bacon bits and cheese, or i boil them and we eat them with ketchup or broiled hot pepper or i boil them and mash them with milk and butter. Sometimes we make homemade fries as well.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
26 Apr 08
I didn't know you could bake them without the foil...its good to know
• United States
9 Jul 08
I used to do the same thing, wrap them in foil and put them directly on the top rack in the oven. But, when I got my new microwave, I found some instructions about how to cook them. Basically, I poke holes in them, put them on some paper towel, and push the button for baking potatoes. They cook for about three to four minutes. Then, I take them out and wrap them in foil for about ten minutes. If they are an average-sized potato, they come out pretty good each time. I guess they cook more with the foil.
@beccrook (13)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I have never wrapped my potatoes. I learned form my mother in law the best bk pot. You grease the potatoes with a little lard or butter sprinkle with sea salt put in a cast iron skillet and bake at 350 for about 1 hr maybe a little longer depending on size. they come out great and the skins are never left behind.