This Learn to Cook section has been put together to help give you the information and knowledge needed, to develop the confidence and basic skills required to begin making more recipes and meals at home from scratch for you and your family.
Being able to cook from scratch at home is THE single biggest positive and lasting change we can make to our diets and overall lifestyles. It gives us control over what goes into our meals, saves money and provides one of the most important life skills that we can pass onto our children, other family members and friends. Once we have mastered the basics of preparing and cooking simple ingredients, we can start to adapt, add to and experiment with countless numbers of recipes.
- 1 baking potato
- Preheat the oven to 200ᵒC/Gas mark 6
- Wash the potato under running water
- Gently rub off any dirt with your hands
- Pat dry with kitchen paper or a tea towel
- Pierce the skin once or twice on both sides with a small knife or metal skewer
- Place the potato directly onto the metal rack of the oven
- Depending on the size of the potato, after around 1 hour it should be tender. For a more crispy skin, bake for another 30 minutes.
- To speed up the process when time is short. Once washed, dried and pierced, place the potato into a microwave to cook for 5 minutes before placing in the oven for 30-40 minutes to finish cooking and crisp up the skin
- Serve with a knob of butter or topping of your choice
Energy569kj 136kcal 6.8%
Baked potatoes are a great choice as part of a balanced diet. They are filling, a good source of energy and are also a good source of vitamins C, B6 and folate
Minerals and Fibre
Potatoes are a rich source of potassium and are also a source of magnesium, calcium and fibre