Baked potatoes are one of the best food items that can easily feed and please a crowd. There are multiple ways a person can individualize their baked potatoes so they can enjoy every bite of it. Did you happen to know you can actually cook baked potatoes hours ahead of time before you need them?! Yes, you can for almost up to 6 hours!
Check out how to cook baked potatoes ahead of time and keep them warm for up to 6 hours before you need to have them ready.
In order to bake a lot of potatoes at one time try to find potatoes that are similar in size so the potatoes are able to bake evenly in the oven.
Turn on the oven to 500 degrees.
You would normally cook potatoes at a lower temperature but there is a lot of potatoes we are cooking. We are busy moms and we don’t always have all the time in the world to sit and wait for these potatoes to cook!
Wash the potatoes well.
Use cold water and scrub them with a vegetable brush.
Make sure you give the potatoes a good prick with a fork a couple of times.
Season the potatoes.
Lightly coat the potatoes with olive oil or vegetable oil. Season them with a light coat of sea salt. You can always season them the way you like to bake your potatoes!
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet now.
Make sure the potatoes are not touching each other. You can put more than one baking sheet in the oven with potatoes at a time. Pack the oven with as many potatoes as you can.
Cook the potatoes for 30 minutes on one side and then on the other side for another 30 minutes.
The potatoes will be done when you can easily stick a fork within them.
Here is how to keep them warm for up to almost 6 hours:
- Fill a cooler half full of hot water while the potatoes are cooking and let it sit until the potatoes are done
- When the potatoes are ready to come out of the oven, pour hot water out of the cooler
- Quickly place the baked potatoes in the warmed cooler and close it!
- Your potatoes will be kept warm for almost up to 6 hours
What are some baking tips you have when cooking for a crowd? Share your tips with us in the comments below!