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Baked Potato - to foil or not?

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Turneeps Thu 03-Nov-16 19:43:55

What makes a great baked potato?
I normally microwave but doing them for visitors this weekend so want nice fluffy middle and crispy skin. DH says his mum's are so good cos she wraps in tin foil in oven!! Do you foil??

idontlikealdi Thu 03-Nov-16 19:45:51

I have never ever used foil on a jacket potato!

Justmuddlingalong Thu 03-Nov-16 19:47:05

Prick skin, no foil, bung in oven. Had them last night, they were crisp on the outside, fluffy inside and utterly delicious. grin

mrstiggywinkletoes Thu 03-Nov-16 19:47:48

I usually microwave and then place under the grill (turning it after 5 mins) and get a lovely crispy skin.

Haven't done them in foil for years as don't tend to have time.

Bunkai Thu 03-Nov-16 19:48:32

They won't be crispy if you wrap them in foil. Definitely without. Stick a metal skewer through them to reduce cooking time too.

RatOnnaStick Thu 03-Nov-16 19:49:36

I thought foil was for bonfires. I remember we used wrap them and place them near the edge of a bonfire as a child. Never bothered indoors though.

Bambooshoots14 Thu 03-Nov-16 19:50:02

Metal Skewer through. Prick with fork. Oil and salt outside. In oven for ages

bushtailadventures Thu 03-Nov-16 19:50:38

No foil, never even thought of it. I do stick them on metal skewers though, seems to help cook the middle a bit quicker so the skin is crispy but not too tough.

SarahJinx Thu 03-Nov-16 19:50:48

No no no. Pop a slather of olive oil, bit of salt, prick all over and give them hour and a half to two hours for perfection. I hate microwave jps!

Turneeps Thu 03-Nov-16 19:54:00

No foil then!!! Unanimous.
I have also never heard of metal skewer idea but I will definitely try it out.
Thank you!

PUGaLUGS Thu 03-Nov-16 19:55:36

Same as SarahJ. We had them tonight with chilli.

nailslikeknives Thu 03-Nov-16 20:19:14

Scrub, put on tray, cook at 160 fan for 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on size. Will be fluffy and crispy. Mmm!

GuessHowMuchILoveGin Thu 03-Nov-16 21:21:03

No foil.

Price all over with fork. Wash with water and roll in salt. Couple of hours at 150 degrees. Lush.

AveEldon Thu 03-Nov-16 21:29:46

I skewer and foil
Not crispy but I don't eat the skin

bookbook Thu 03-Nov-16 22:09:16

I microwave till softish inside , then pop them in the oven for 30 minutes , straight onto the oven shelf. Always crispy

PterodactylToenails Thu 03-Nov-16 22:10:36

No Foil, thought that was only done if they were cooked on an open fire?

PinkSwimGoggles Thu 03-Nov-16 22:11:58

microwave - and the crisp up in the oven.
no foil, such a waste all tin foil is used up for my hat anyway

Amillionquestions Thu 03-Nov-16 22:13:42

I sometimes use a method I think was nigella lawsons - wash them in the morning dry thoroughly, rub in salt then leave out until ready to cook in the evening, I think removing the moistute from the skin helps it crisp up!

Amillionquestions Thu 03-Nov-16 22:14:40


Bluntness100 Thu 03-Nov-16 22:17:12

I foil, prick them, salt, olive oil, wrap them up, shove in oven. I just think they come out better, I only do them without foil if I'm being lazy. I think the foil keeps the steam in and makes them fluffier.

Palomb Thu 03-Nov-16 22:17:44

Do people really actually wash baking potatoes?

I just cut a cross in mine and bang them in the oven for an hour and 10 minutes. They've alwAys been fab.

BrollySmolly Thu 03-Nov-16 22:18:25

Slice the potatoes as in the picture. Microwave for 15 + minutes. Oven for 20 minutes until crisp and delicious!!!

BrollySmolly Thu 03-Nov-16 22:19:21

My timings might actually be wrong - I just microwave until soft, then oven until crisp!

MouseLove Thu 03-Nov-16 22:29:10

I always foil mine! Prick, salt and a drizzle of oil then wrap in foil. Put in oven for 2 hrs. The best baked potato ever. Crispy outside, fluffy inside! It's the salt and oil that keeps them from going soggy.

OliviaStabler Fri 04-Nov-16 07:02:30

I microwave them then let the skin crisp up in the oven at the end

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