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How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire

author image Shelley Frost
How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire
How to Cook a Baked Potato on an Open Fire

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.

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Step 1

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

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

Spread a thin layer of butter on the skin of the potato. Sprinkle it with salt if desired.

Step 4

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

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

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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