Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are a great way to use slow cooker leftovers like chili or pulled pork. And we won’t lie to you… potatoes baked in the oven are superior to crock pot baked potatoes.
But sometimes you want to keep your oven free for other tasks or you will be gone all afternoon until dinnertime. And in those cases, slow cooker baked potatoes make sense. Whether from the oven or the slow cooker, baked potatoes are a super easy and inexpensive meal to feed your family.
How to Bake Potatoes in the Crock Pot
You can bake 6 to 8 large russet or sweet potatoes in a slow cooker. Scrub your potatoes under cold running water with a brush.
Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork, rub them with the oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. There is no need to wrap the potatoes in foil, but you can if you prefer. Layer the potatoes in a slow cooker, cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 5 hours, or until fork-tender.
Cooking times will vary based on the size of the potatoes and your particular slow cooker. Large potatoes will need longer, while smaller potatoes will cook more quickly. The potatoes may discolor just a bit if they overcook, but they will still be delicious.
Baked Potato Toppings
Once your potatoes are cooked, add your family’s favorite toppings:
Butter, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper
Chives or green onions
Leftover crock pot beans
Organic Potatoes are best
Ever since reading this article over 20 years ago, I’ve purchased only organic potatoes. Why? The main takeaway for me was that conventional potato farmers fed their families organic potatoes versus the ones they grew for public consumption:
''I like to eat organic food, and in fact I raise a lot of it at the house. The vegetables we buy at the market we just wash and wash and wash. I'm not sure I should be saying this, but I always plant a small area of potatoes without any chemicals.”
Should you buy organic potatoes? Current sources suggest that organic potatoes are preferred:
Reference the EPA’s report on Food and Pesticides for more information.
Can you eat green potatoes?
Green potatoes are poisonous. The green color is caused by high levels of chlorophyll, which is actually harmless. But when chlorophyll is produced, another substance called solanine is also produced. Solanine is a toxin which causes nausea, headaches, and neurological problems.
If you come across a green potato, simply cut away green areas before baking and eating. And store potatoes in a cool, dark spot to avoid the development of solanine. Occasionally, a potato that is not green can also have high concentrations of solanine — so if you ever taste a bitter potato, you should stop eating it.
Baked Potatoes: the perfect comfort food
A hot, fluffy baked potato might just be the perfect comfort food.
Potatoes are healthier than you may think. They are a source of vitamins B6 and C, and you increase the nutritional value when you top them with proteins and veggies.
Potatoes are cheap, so they help stretch your food budget when you want to save money by eating in.
Baked potatoes are fun. There is something kids really enjoy about choosing their own toppings and fixings.
And baked potatoes are easy. When you are looking for simple ways to cook more at home, add baked potatoes to your dinner rotation!