Making the perfect baked potato couldn’t be easier, and the results are practically guaranteed as long as you follow a few simple steps.
Start With The Right Spuds
The process of creating the perfect baked potato starts in the product menu. There are many potato varieties, but only certain types will deliver that delicious texture we’re looking for. The best baking potatoes are those with the highest starch content.
Russets (often sold as Idahos) have the most starch of all potato varieties and are the undisputed winners when it comes to baking. They’re long rather than round and have a thick, coarse brownish skin. Their dry, mealy texture makes them a bad choice for moisture-based preparations like boiling or mashing, but it delivers the perfect lightness when cooked in the dry heat of an oven.
If Russets aren’t available, all-purpose potatoes like Yukon Gold will do a serviceable job. They’ll cook well and will taste fine, but the finished product will be heavier, moister, and distinctly less thick. No matter what kind of potatoes you’re buying, don’t just grab the first bag on the pile. Check them out to make sure the skins are smooth and unbroken, with no bruises, sprouts, green spots, or wrinkles.
Select potatoes of the same size, so they cook at the same rate, and none turn out overcooked and dry or undercooked and hard.
Pierce the potato in 10 or 12 evenly-spaced places with a regular fork. This is important; piercing allows the internal steam generated by cooking to escape, which prevents them from exploding and enhances the fluffiness.
Immediately before cooking, rub the potatoes lightly with vegetable oil and sprinkle with coarse salt. This will create a final product with skin that’s crispy-tender and delicious.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and place the potatoes directly on the center rack. If your spuds are large, count on an hours’ cooking time; medium potatoes will probably be done in 45 minutes. If you’re also baking something that requires a lower temperature, potatoes are endearingly adaptable. Add about 15 minutes to the expected cooling time if you’re cooking at 350 degrees, and 25 to 30 more minutes if your oven is set at 325.
Check for doneness by gently squeezing the spuds. If they feel soft and give under your fingers, they’re done. You can also check if its ready by inserting a fork into the thickest part of the potato; if it slides in easily, then the potato is cooked.
Health Benefits of Potatoes
Potatoes are an ideal food for those who want to gain weight because the potatoes are rich in carbohydrates and less protein.The vitamin contained in the potatoes such as vitamins B and C are also essential for the absorption of carbohydrates.
Potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, making it easy to digest and facilitate digestion. This makes the potatoes even become good food for infants and people who experience digestive problems.
The Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc in potatoes are good sources for healthy skin. Potato pulp is crushed and mixed with honey, can also be used as a cleaning wrinkles and other skin blemishes caused by aging.
The nutrients contained in the potatoes like vitamin B, vitamin C, and potassium is a good source to relieve the inflammation, both internal and external such as colitis and digestive system.
The potato juice is also beneficial in the treatment of bruises, heartburns, prostate and uterine cancer. However, you should choose the potatoes carefully. Do not select the green one as they contain many solanines.