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Thursday, April 30, 2015

How To Make Bake Potatoes In A Slow Cooker

When it is too hot to turn the oven on, use the slow cooker

   I have found a wonderful way to cook potatoes and they taste so good. I usually cook my potatoes in the microwave as it so fast and easy, but not anymore. I tried cooking them in my slow cooker and discovered that they taste so much better. Cooking potatoes in a slow cooker make them so creamy and not dried out like when I microwave them. It is so easy to cook the potatoes in the slow cooker. You simply wrap the potatoes in foil and place them in the slower cooker, no water is needed. Start the potatoes in the morning and come home to baked potatoes for dinner. These will be the softest and most richly flavored potatoes you've ever eaten. They are even better than oven baked potatoes and the best part is you don't have to run the oven for an hour. Now that summer is on its way, the slow cooker method is a better way to enjoy a warm meal.

 Baked potatoes are great for plant-based meals or meatless meals. Even people on a vegan diet can enjoy baked potatoes. If you have dairy allergies like me then you can eat them with salt or vegan cheese. I love using my slow cooker for so many meals as you can start it in the morning and have a hot delicious meal ready in the evening. My family loves when I make when I make tamales in the slow cooker. I also use my slow cooker for making big batches of beans so I can freeze them for recipes. I even use my slow cooker for making homemade yogurt with an electric blanket.

When you make baked potatoes in a slow cooker, make sure to add some water at the bottom of the crock or you may end up with a crack in the slow cooker crock. I learned about that the hard way when my slow cooker crock broke. I like to add about a half cup of water and then place the foil-wrapped potatoes on a wire rack or a vegetable steamer. .

       How to Bake a Potato in the Slow Cooker
           Makes 4 potatoes

         4 russet potatoes
            olive oil


 Wash and scrub the potatoes. Poke the potatoes with a fork a couple of times. Lay the potato on a piece of foil that is big enough to wrap it in. Lightly brush the potato with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Wrap the potato tightly in the foil. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
   Add 1/2 cup of water to the slow cooker and place a wire rack or steamer on the crock. Arrange the foil wrapped potatoes in the slow cooker, making sure they not touching the bottom of the crock. It is ok if the potatoes are touching each other.
  Bake 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high. Remove the potatoes from the foil when done. Split them open and top with your favorite toppings.

 I like to put cooked broccoli and cheese on mine. These potatoes can make a great easy meal on busy days. Other ideas for toppings are can chili and cheese. You can also cook sweet potatoes and beets with this method. I made beets the other day in my slow cooker and my husband said they taste so much better than can beets.


Christy Maurer said...

We use the slow cooker all the time! I will have to try this now!

Anonymous said...

This will be perfect for those long days when I do not have time to cook dinner after work.

Unknown said...

How have I never thought of this?? Thank you so much for sharing this. I will definitely be doing this soon.

mail4rosey said...

What an easy way to make them. I'm def. trying it too!

Terri Patillo said...

My gosh, I will have to try this soon! Thank you!

Unknown said...

This looks so simple and easy.. Gotta try it now, thanks for sharing!

Shonda said...

This is genius. Why didn't I think of this for my baked sweet potatoes? Trying this out.

Mariah said...

I can't believe I've never tried this, but I'm definitely going to put this on the menu for dinner next week!

Rebecca said...

How coool. I know what i'm making this weekend.

Kat Sterrett said...

This is a GREAT GREAT GREAT IDEA!! Sometimes my oven is all occupied so this could really solve that issue :)

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