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?

  • 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

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. – Cascabel Mar 2 '12 at 18:50
  • What's wrong with eating dirt if you don't mind the taste or texture? Plus, isn't eating a bit of dirt here & there actually healthy for you? Why do I need to wash them at all? Isn't just the heat of the oven enough to sanitize them? Not washing them saves time & effort. – ma11hew28 Dec 18 '16 at 15:58

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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