So many of you might remember that I am a farmer girl. Born and raised. Pure Farming. I swore I would never marry a farmer cause lets face it....that life is hard. (lets just say the construction industry isn't any easier :)
So Lets just say that I think I might have a little bit of an advantage having grown up on a real live potato farm as to how to REALLY bake a potato. None of this nuking in the microwave (which is nice and quick in a pinch). No STEAMING the potato while it is wrapped in tin foil. If you want a steamed potato then go ahead and wrap it in tin foil. But if you want a real IDAHO BAKED POTATO here's how its done:
Wash the potato (now since I still run "home" when I need a potato and get me a bunch from the potato cellar they are REALLY sandy so this is a necessity!)
Poke the potato with a fork. Several times. Take out those aggressions you might have from a long day.
Now turn your oven onto 350 and put them taters into the over.
Bake for at least 1 1/2 hours but let me just say that the crispier the outside the better. So if you have a little extra time you can bake them suckers for 2 hours if you would like. Now if you are in need of a baked potato quicker I would recommend finding the longest and skinniest from the bunch. Turning the oven up to 400 and baking for an hour. Same effect but less time :)
Ways to eat a baked potato:
So in our house there are several ways to eat a baked potato...We have 4 people in our lovely family and 4 ways a potato are eaten at dinner:
1. Hubby: chili, cheese, sour cream, butter
2. Me: cottage cheese, cheese, a little sour cream. Then devour the skin after the innards are all gone. Trust me its the best part.
3. 5 yr old: sour cream and cheese
4. Picky 2 yr old: butter and a little cheese (but mind you if the cheese melts onto the potato it won't be eaten)