How to Bake Potatoes

When I was first married, I didn’t know a lot about dinner food. Dessert? Yes. I could make cookies, brownies, or divinity, no problem. But food for dinner was another story. So, this is for all you new cooks out there who are just learning the ropes in the kitchen. This is one of those tips I’d have loved when I was first married, still trying to figure it all out.


Wash skins of potatoes with a vegetable brush. Poke a fork into each potato, at least halfway through. This allows steam to escape while baking so the potatoes don’t explode. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for at least one hour. I like to bake them a little bit longer by 5-10 minutes. You’ll know when potatoes are done if you squeeze them with a hot pad and the sides give way, the center is soft, and the skins are crunchy.

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3 Responses to How to Bake Potatoes

  1. grillmaster says:


    You seemed to know a lot from the very beginning. I don’t think you ever didn’t know about all kinds of food!

  2. Nicole (Reed) Albertson says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! Even though I’ve been married for almost 4 years and should probably know how to bake a potato by now I’m pretty sure I’ve never done it. We eat rice a lot because I know how to make rice. We don’t eat potatoes very much because I don’t know how to cook potatoes. Thanks for posting all these fabulous recipes! I’m excited to try them.

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