Thread: Baked Potato
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:12 AM
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Default Re: Baked Potato

There doesn't seem to be a clear consensus as to whether pricking the skin is necessary in a conventional oven or not. A Cook's Illustrated test states that it's not needed to prevent steam-induced explosion like in a microwave. Even so, they still did it to see if it made a difference. The takeaway ended up being that the potato needs to be split open immediately after baking and not left to "rest" unopened, as it was found to release steam that otherwise caused water retention and gumminess. They also liked 45 minutes at 450 better than one hour at 400.

Double baking involves baking, halving, scooping out contents, mashing and mixing with butter, cheese, etc, returning to skin shell and baking further. But that's a different subject.
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