How a baked potato changed my life...

When I saw on pinterest that you can make baked potatoes in a crock pot I seriously thought I died and went to heaven. The typically "baked" potatoes have too many disadvantages to even consider:
1. You have to get the oven super hot (a total no no in the summer with an almost 18 year old AC unit).
2. You have to plan ahead. I'm good at planning dinner in the morning. Like I'll decide what we'll have for dinner, I'll thaw whatever needs to be thawed during the day, or I'll throw something in the crock pot. But planning ahead (like the 2 hours before dinner that you have to prep and put the baked potatoes in is just impossible). Cooking is the last thing I think about the hour after school is out. I usually run a few errands, maybe go to the grocery store, run home to check mail/let out the dog, get Luke, etc... By the time I get home it's close to 5pm, too late in this house to start baked potatoes.
3. I like to stay close to home when the oven is on. Call me paranoid. But I don't like to leave it cooking. That's impossible with the bajillion things I have to do after school.

So you can see that baked potatoes in the crock pot got my attention. What's even better? You don't have to poke holes!!! Just wash the potatoes, wrap them up in foil, and throw them in. I do slather them in butter and salt because Josh eats the skins. But really it can be done pretty quickly.

I set my crock pot to low 8 hours. And we have perfect baked potatoes when we get home. This has so revolutionized our house that it's been dinner twice this past week!! We love 2 good loaded baked potatoes with a side salad for dinner. Perfect for summer.

I have read that you can stack potatoes too, so if you need to make a second layer that is perfectly fine. Try this! It will change your life!

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