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How to Bake Fabulously Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes!

Updated on April 8, 2011

Yes, Baked Potatoes Can Be Fluffy and Light, Not Heavy and Soggy!

Baking potatoes to be light and fluffy rather than heavy and soggy is actually very simple ... and it's not even an old family recipe! Here's the big secret: no aluminum foil! Don't panic - the new method is just as easy as the old and your potatoes - and those eating them - will thank you!

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baking potatoes

Ingredients for Fluffy Baked Potatoes

Simple Secret for Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes, Step 1

Large, smooth potatoes will work best, and you will get the best results with unbroken skin, so choose big, smooth potatoes that don't have eyes to dig out or bad spots to cut off.



Coconut oil or your favorite cooking oil is essential to getting light and fluffy baked potatoes. I do recommend coconut oil if you are interested in lowering your cholesterol, boosting your immune system, or aiding your digestive tract ... but it's up to you.

The third ingredient is, simply, salt! I do strongly recommend sea salt for multitudinous health reasons.

A good assistant is essential to making fabulous baked potatoes!

A good assistant is essential to making fabulous baked potatoes!
A good assistant is essential to making fabulous baked potatoes!

Choose the Scrubber You Like Best - A scrubber should fit your hand and be comfortable to use.

HIC Harold Imports Fruit Sock
HIC Harold Imports Fruit Sock

The fruit & veggie sock fits over the entire piece, then you just rub it between your hands under running water for a thorough cleaning!

 
Chef'n Palm Brush, Cherry
Chef'n Palm Brush, Cherry

The rubber grip fits over your finger to hold the scrubber securely in the palm of your hand.

 
OXO Good Grips Vegetable Brush
OXO Good Grips Vegetable Brush

The non-slip body is flexible and easy to hold onto as you scrub.

 
Boston Warehouse Scrubber, Porcupine
Boston Warehouse Scrubber, Porcupine

The curved shape is easy to hold onto, and it's so cute you'll want to leave it out on the counter!

 
Msc International Mr Potato Brush (1, A)
Msc International Mr Potato Brush (1, A)

Scrub your potatoes with a real potato brush! Sturdy bristles will get into every crevice.

 

Cover the potatoes completely with a coat of oil (easy to just rub it in by hand). Then salt HEAVILY all over the potato.

Cover the potatoes completely with a coat of oil (easy to just rub it in by hand). Then salt HEAVILY all over the potato.
Cover the potatoes completely with a coat of oil (easy to just rub it in by hand). Then salt HEAVILY all over the potato.

Why Oil and Salt the Potatoes?

The oil coating gives the potato skins a delightful crispness. The salt helps to draw moisture out of the potatoes as they steam inside their jackets.

Bake 45-60 min @ 450* until fork-tender. Halfway thru, turn over & prick potatoes to release steam.

When they are fork-tender, they are ready to eat! Enjoy your light and fluffy potatoes!

When they are fork-tender, they are ready to eat! Enjoy your light and fluffy potatoes!
When they are fork-tender, they are ready to eat! Enjoy your light and fluffy potatoes!

Foiled Again!

Wrapping the potato in foil traps

all the moisture inside, so it usually becomes heavy and soggy.

The salt draws the moisture out while allowing the potato to steam in its own jacket. Pricking the potato halfway through baking allows the rest of the moisture to escape for light and fluffy baked potatoes!

I would love to have light and fluffy potatoes! I'll try it!

I would love to have light and fluffy potatoes! I'll try it!

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    • Sally 17 months ago

      I tried this and my hose filled up with smoke my oven is clean but the oil smell was so heavy what happened ...? But the potatoes were great I want to make them again but I am not looking forward to the smoke smell... Any suggestions?

    • Sally 17 months ago

      I tried this and my hose filled up with smoke my oven is clean but the oil smell was so heavy what happened ...? But the potatoes were great I want to make them again but I am not looking forward to the smoke smell... Any suggestions?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Followed these steps last night & had the BEST BAKED POTATOES EVER!! Thank you - I've tried many different ways and couldn't seem to get it right, but these ones were light and fluffy with a tasty crisp skin.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been looking for a way to bake potatoes without that nasty aluminum! And I just bought a big jug of coconut oil and am enjoying the many ways to use it, this is just another to add to that great list. My husband mentioned the salted potatoes they serve at restaurants and suggested I try it. I wondered out loud what the purpose of salting was...now I know! I absolutely cannot wait until dinner tomorrow night. I love baked potatoes!! Has anyone ever tried coconut oil on them in place of butter?---I love butter too! ;)

    • clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      No foil here either...I love the crispy skins, the treat after the 'tater insides are enjoyed, of course ;)

    • ohcaroline 6 years ago

      These are great instructions for doing a potato. I never use foil.

    • Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      I always bake with oil and salt, have never used foil. The potatoes are always yummy!

    • Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I want one now!!

    • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I always bake spuds in their jackets w/o foil, but never use oil or salt. I must test that recipe out soon - sounds delicious.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Baked Potatoes are so good done this way, I've done them like this for year, I hand rub them with oil, sprinkle with salt, but put them directly on the oven rack, no tray!

    • Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      We've actually been trying your method recently, albeit without the oil and the salt.

    • Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, yeh. Definitely no foil for me!

    • SandraRoseDesigns 6 years ago

      Wow, I love you tips on these baked potatoes! I love baked potatoes, and I can't wait to make them with these little secrets! Maybe my granddaughter will be my assistant!

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am going to try this tonight!

    • Joan4 6 years ago

      I will definitely try light and fluffy potatoes -- this makes perfect sense! I have wrapped potatoes in foil for many many years. No more! and 450 for 45 mins instead of 350 for an hour!

    How Does This Baked Potato Sound? - Will you try the self-steaming potato instead of wrapping in foil?

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        this Obama's work

      • Spook LM 6 years ago

        Didn't know which side to choose as have never used aluminium foil except on a braai.

      • BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

        Just kidding! But I do enjoy raw potatoes dipped in ranch dressing!

      Where I Found This Great Cooking Tip - And where you can find lots more like it!

      The Joy of Cooking is a total kitchen classic, in print since 1931, and it is where I found these simple steps to baking great potatoes. The older versions are generally considered better than the latest revisions, and fortunately are still in print because they are so popular! Julia Child says it's the one book she'd keep if she could only have one English title on the shelf.

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          Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

          Nice lens

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          clouda9 lm 6 years ago

          Love baked potatoes and your wonderful tricks to getting them light and fluffy! This lens is featured on Over 101 Words That Describe Food (http://www.squidoo.com/food-vocabulary) for the word light. Feel free to submit another sentence or two, the form is at the bottom of the lens ;) *Blessed and SWAH!

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          ohcaroline 6 years ago

          Wonderfully done lens.

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          Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

          This is how I make mine! Thanks for featuring my 101 baked potato toppings lens! Lensrolled :)

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          Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

          I have this on my list to try--asp! I love baked potatoes!

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          Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

          Baked potatoes are my favorite - we always use organic spuds so just a good scrub and check for no eyes or green spots and we're ready to go!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I LOVE baked potatoes! So Yummy. I've done them like this for years, and never thought to make a lens about it, so well done! - Kathy

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          Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

          Your potatos sound (and look) yummy. Most of us hate two jobs in the kitchen. 1. Washing lettuce (the appeal of the lettuce spinner loses its draw once your children become teenagers) and 2. Washing potatoes. We need an enthusiastic assistant.

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          They look tremendous. Blessed by an Angel.

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          Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Gotta love a fluffy baked potato. Definitely! Thanks for sharing the secret!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          I am absolutely LOL over here. Seems great minds think alike and hey, at least we prepare our baked potatoes in a different way :) I do love baked potatoes!

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          BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

          Now, you've made me really hungry! Great idea here.

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          SandraRoseDesigns 6 years ago

          Now I know how to get them perfect - every time! Thanks for the tips!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Wow, this sure does sound great. I will definitely try this way to Bake Fabulously Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes. Thanks. Blessed.

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          Joan4 6 years ago

          I will definitely try this! Thanks!