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How to Bake a Potato

Follow these steps to make the flakiest, tastiest baked potato.


  • Step 1: Choose a potato Choose any potato. Russet potatoes are a popular style.
  • TIP: If you are cooking more than one, use potatoes of similar sizes so they will cook evenly.
  • Step 2: Clean potato Scrub the potato with a stiff bristle brush. Then rinse it under cold water and dry thoroughly.
  • TIP: Make sure the skin has a brownish tone with no green color.
  • Step 3: Prepare oven Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and adjust the rack to the middle position.
  • Step 4: Pierce potato Pierce the potato four or five times with a fork. This allows the steam to escape during baking.
  • Step 5: Rub ingredients Rub some olive oil on the potato, and then roll it in coarse salt. This will make the skin delicious to eat.
  • TIP: Do not wrap your potato in aluminum foil. This will give you a steamed potato, not a baked one.
  • Step 6: Place on tray Place the potato on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for approximately 60 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the size.
  • Step 7: Take potato out Take the potato out of the oven and pierce it with a fork; if it is tender it is done.
  • FACT: Did you know? Causes for the Irish potato famine of 1845 were initially thought to be static electricity, exhaust from locomotives, or vapor from underground volcanoes.

You Will Need

  • A potato
  • A bristle brush
  • An oven
  • A fork
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • A baking sheet

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