Recipe for baked potatoes


• large potatoes (Idaho potatoes are good)
• butter or margarine
• salt and pepper

The oven should be lighted and set at 375 degrees.
Wash the potatoes clean with cold water and a vegetable brush.
With a grownup’s help, put the potatoes on the rack in the center of the oven. Be careful not to touch the rack.
Let the potatoes bake for about one hour, or until they are soft enough to stick a fork into easily. With help, take the potatoes out of the oven, using a potholder or a long-handled fork.
Cut an “X” with a knife on top of the potatoes.
Squeeze each potato to burst it open. The potatoes will be hot, so you may need help with this. Put salt, pepper, and butter in the opening.

Instead of putting the scrubbed potatoes in the oven, wrap them in aluminum foil.
Put the wrapped potatoes in the hot coals of an outdoor fire. Your father or mother can help you do this. Rake hot coals on top of them.
Let the potatoes bake 30 minutes if they are small, or as much as 45 minutes if they are large.
Unwrap the potatoes. They will be hot, so hold the potato with a potholder and pull away the foil with a fork.

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