12/4/12

How to bake potatoes in the slow cooker


My mom told me how to bake potatoes in the slow cooker a few years ago, and I've loved doing it that way ever since. Baked potatoes are a super easy meal, and I love being able to put them in the slow cooker in the morning and not having to worry about dinner all day. Also, the slow cooker doesn't heat up the house in the summer as the oven does.

Some recipes call for rubbing with oil and/or wrapping in foil. I don't do either. If I leave them in for a very long time, the sides that touch the slow cooker might get a bit hard, but that doesn't bother me too much. So no need to waste all that foil if you're not picky!

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Slow cooker baked potatoes

Scrub enough potatoes to fill your slow cooker halfway or more. Poke holes in them with a fork, and place in slow cooker. Don't add any liquid. Cook on low for 7–10 hours or on high for 3–4 hours (time will vary depending on your slow cooker and the size of your potatoes).

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Ideas for using slow cooker baked potatoes
  • Cook the potatoes overnight, then use them to make funeral potatoes the next day
  • Cook up a big batch of baked potatoes, then leave in the fridge for lunches and snacks
  • Start your potatoes in the morning, then serve for dinner with the toppings of your choice (we really like sour cream and chili)
  • Cook some potatoes overnight, then use in the morning to make hash browns or other potato dishes for breakfast (this will dramatically reduce the cooking time for recipes calling for raw potatoes)

Have you made baked potatoes in a slow cooker? Do you have any suggestions for using them?

3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea. I love my crockpots and this is just another thing that can help me out. Sunday dinners, seminary night, youth nights, all those times I am rushed and use the crockpot.

    Thank you for sharing
    Erika

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  2. I love doing them in the crock pot.. so easy.. I do both baking potatoes and sweet potatoes..

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  3. I'm not much of a crock pot person for some reason, but it is such a good idea! I'd advise people to NOT use foil when baking potatoes. Why? Strangely enough there's a small chance of botulism if you do- depending on how you handle the potatoes. See this link for an explanation:
    http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/B2100B09-1587-4B58-8300-251243965BBC/0/Baked_Potatos_and_Foodborne_Botulism.pdf

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