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I bake Russet potatoes. I just washed them a little with cold water and then place them in a baking pan after I put foil on the bottom of the pan. I do not peel them. Is this a good method or should I wait until they dry?

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What do you mean by " then added them on the foil in the oven."? – TFD Mar 2 '12 at 3:58
@TFD I edited it – Theta30 Mar 2 '12 at 4:14
up vote 5 down vote accepted

For baking potatoes

  • Don't just wash them, scrub them. Otherwise you're eating dirt. No, that's not a joke. Potatoes grow in dirt, and are usually sold coated with dirt. Yes, really.
  • Either salt them and wrap them in tin-foil, or simply bake them on a bed of salt. Dessication of the skin is important.
  • You'll probably want to bake them longer and higher than most recipes say. I find 425F for 1 1/2 hours is optimal (and 2 hours is fine). That results in skin which is dry, crispy, and slightly caramelized, while this inside still is fluffy (albeit, according to some, overcooked).
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Another way to get crispy skins is to rub a tiny bit of oil around the surface. – Jefromi Mar 2 '12 at 18:50

You can just bake them on an oven rack or tray, Nothing special required

Drying them wont make much difference after an hour or so in the oven

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