Well if you get a CSA box like me you are keenly aware that potatoes are now in season. While there are many ways to cook potatoes there is one time honored way that I like best. That my friends is baking. This instructable will cover a simple way to make great fluffy baked potatoes with nice crispy skins.
Step 1: What you will need
What you will need
~not pictured an oven
Tongs and a knife make things easier later on but are not necessary.
*if you eat the skins like me
Step 2: Prep the Oven
Set your oven racks with one at the bottom and one in the middle. On the bottom rack place a square of tin foil to keep drippings from dirtying up your oven. If you don't do this you may end up like my old upstairs neighbors with an oven that smoked horribly whenever they used it.
Next set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit so it can preheat while we prep the potatoes for baking.
Step 3: Wash and dry your potatoes
I don't know about you but I really like to eat my potato skin as well as the meat of the potato. I have grown out of the eating dirt faze of my life however so the first step in prepping the potatoes is to wash them. If you are just making one potato wash it off under the tap making sure to wash all the dirt off. If making more than one potato I plug up the sink and use caught water to wash the rest of my potatoes. This way I save water.
Once you have washed your potatoes you want to rub them dry with a kitchen towel. This is an important step because if the potatoes are still wet they won't coat as well but I am getting ahead of myself.