If you love baked potatoes…
Ok, I just have to say that my life changed when I discovered this gem of a kitchen hack!
Let me start by saying I love eating potatoes…baked potatoes, french fries, roasted potatoes, hash browns, you name it – I love them.
However, for years I have had a love/hate relationship with making baked potatoes.
The time in the oven…the fact that the oven heats up the house…the necessary planning ahead to make sure I'm around and able to keep an eye on the potatoes or get them into the oven at the correct time…the list of drawbacks to baking potatoes goes on.
I have tried cooking “baked” potatoes in the microwave and had to use so many methods in order to accomplish that: stabbing them so they don't explode, using quilted potato bags that were popular in my area within the last few years, and more.
When cooking in the microwave, I always felt like I had to keep a close eye on them as they were cooking. The bag instructions say the potatoes will not explode during cooking, but listening to them whistle convinced me otherwise!
I had to stop them every 4 minutes and flip them to ensure even cooking. It was a bit of work, AND they weren't as fluffy like true baked potatoes are.
Now I literally throw them into the slow cooker, turn it on and go! It really couldn't be easier!
All I need now is about 5 minutes of prep time to wash and wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil. They are done in plenty of time for dinner and don't require any crazy planning time.
Get a slow cooker that meets your needs
I have a couple of slow cookers…a 3 qt like this one and a larger 6 qt slow cooker. I make mybaked potatoes in the larger, 6 qt slow cooker. If you don't have one of these, I personally love this one!
My Hamilton Beach slow cooker is a dream because it has multiple heat settings to meet your needs, AND it latches closed so that you can take your delicious creation to a potluck or a teacher's dinner without needing to transfer the food to a different dish!
Our slow cooker tangy BBQ chicken is wonderful on top of these baked potatoes!
If you like eating baked potatoes, this method will change your life and make it so much easier. Plus, the potatoes are soft and fluffy, just liked they had been baked in the oven!
Tell us in the comments: What is your favorite way to dress up a baked potato?
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