The crock pot has made my life so much easier. I try to use it as much as possible. I have read before that you can bake a potato in the crock pot, but not until just recently, did I try it.

I love potatoes; cook them any way and I’ll eat them. As a child, growing up with a huge garden full of potatoes, I had no choice but to like them, but one thing I don’t like is taking time to peel and cook them. Because of this, a 5-pound bag from the store usually lasts us forever in the fridge. Recently, my husband came home with a 10-pound bag from the grocery store, and I knew they would go bad quickly because they didn’t fit in fridge. Perfect time to try “baking” potatoes in the crock pot.

Prep took less than 1 minute per potato.  I decide to scrub them, pat them dry, and wrap them in foil.  I also poked them a couple times with a fork. I turned the crock pot to High and left them for four hours. If needed, you could also set it on low for 8 hours.

I couldn’t tell any difference, from an oven baked potato, when unwrapped and eaten that night for dinner.

photo-1-3I used my small crock pot that fit four medium potatoes. If I was feeding a huge gathering, I would use my 6 quart crock pot. I also tried skipping the foil wrapping step, and they still turned out good. I think it would be good to drizzle some olive oil over the skins and sprinkle sea salt over them before cooking.

photo-5-2The best part about this method of cooking is being able to have hash browns all the time! I’ve found I can cook the potatoes any time during the day, take them out, and put them in the fridge. Then, in the morning, they are so easy to shred and fry.

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2 Comments
  1. Beth

    My 14 year old is a HUGE hash browns fan. I prefer the real home made potatoes for hash browns and they are so much cheaper than the store bought bag that tends to be $2.50 – $3.00 a bag and lasts (our family) two breakfasts only.

  2. Pam

    I love this idea. We eat lots of potatoes and putting them in the crockpot earlier in the day seems like a big time saver for the inevitable after school chaos. Or for keeping them warm on the one day a week it is hard for us to eat dinner as a family, and everyone has to eat when they can.
    And my crazy tip for scrubbing potatoes. Years ago, when I had my kids help me scrub potatoes one day, I realized I needed a new veggie scrubber. Trying to think what I could use, I grabbed a small square of tin foil. I wadded it up and used to scrub potatoes. Needless to say, the tin foil method has stuck, and that is now how my kids (and I) scrub potatoes.

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