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How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire

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author image Shelley Frost
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.
How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
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You don't need an oven to make a perfectly cooked baked potato. An open flame like you would find at a campfire provides the necessary heat to bake a potato. Learning how to cook a potato in a campfire opens up your camping menu to go beyond the basic stick-roasted hot dogs with a side of chips or pasta salad. The key to an evenly baked open-flame potato is keeping a close eye on the cooking progress of the potato.

Step 1

How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
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Clean the potato by washing and scrubbing it under cold water. Use a vegetable brush to get the dirt that doesn't wash away easily on its own. Dry the potatoes gently with a clean towel.

Step 2

How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
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Stab the potato on all sides with a fork to create a series of holes in the skin. These holes help create an even cooking process and prevent a potato explosion by helping the steam escape.

Step 3

How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
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Spread a thin layer of butter on the skin of the potato. Sprinkle it with salt if desired.

Step 4

How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
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Layer two pieces of aluminum foil to create a durable cooking pouch for your potato. Wrap the potato tightly inside the two layers of foil.

Step 5

How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
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Bury the wrapped potato in hot coals, or place it on a hot rock near the flames so the edge of the fire reaches it. Another option is to cook the potatoes on a wire rack hanging above the flames.

Step 6

How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
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Bake the potato on the flame for about 30 to 35 minutes. Carefully remove the potato from the fire, using oven mitts. Unwrap the foil and press a fork into the potato to see if it is done.

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