I have tried cooking baked potatoes (Russets) using the Alton Brown recipe here:


For some reason they keep coming out very watery. I seem to get the same results even after cooking the potatoes for >3 hours at over 400F.

I am definitely poking >20 holes with a fork, as deep as I can.

Can someone explain what I am doing wrong?

  • Do you have an oven thermometer? I cannot imagine how this recipe could fail if you have followed it, and the oven is working properly.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Mar 23, 2014 at 20:30
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    Don't have one, but will order one and try again. Mar 23, 2014 at 20:43
  • No need to poke holes, it's an "old wives tale"
    – TFD
    Mar 23, 2014 at 21:36
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    Watery potatoes are just a sign of the potatoes growing in a wet area. Try a different supplier
    – TFD
    Mar 23, 2014 at 21:38
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    Cooking for 3 hours and they are still watery? That's got to be something wrong with the potatoes. You are putting them on the wire racks, you aren't placing them in liquid or something like that?
    – GdD
    Mar 24, 2014 at 13:33

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If your oven is working correctly, it sounds like the potatoes are the culprit. Try finding another store/source for your potatoes. Also consider how you are storing your potatoes. Are they in a particularly humid environment?

  • Just storing the potatoes in my usual spot in the kitchen cupboard...so it is probably the potatoes themselves. Thank you so much for your help! Mar 29, 2014 at 18:14

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