Baked Potatoes in the Crock Pot ~ Money Saving Recipe

05/29/2014 5:00 pm · 6 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Thanks to Purposely Frugal  for passing along this recipe for how to make baked potatoes in the crock pot (instead of the oven).  We have a rule in our family that we never leave the house with the oven on… so I love this idea.  Plus on a hot summer day the last thing you want is your oven on all day.  Not an issue in winter ( heck most days I want to snuggle up to my oven just to stay warm…lol.)

baked potatoes in the crock pot

  1. Scrub and pat dry your potatoes
  2. Poke a few holes in them with a  fork.
  3. Rub in oil (I used olive oil) and salt.
  4. Wrap in aluminium foil and put in your crock pot. I cooked 6 potatoes on low for 7 hours, but you may need to vary the cooking time, based on the size and number of potatoes and your crock pot.
  5. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
No need to add water to the bottom but to keep the bottom ones from burning rotate them OR add some crumbled foil on the bottom before you add the potatoes.

Crock Pot Tip: A crock pot uses about 8 cents of electricity in 7 hours, whereas an oven uses between 16-24 cents per hour of use. I know the savings is small, but crock pots also keep your house cooler in the summer! Information from Michael Bluejay, a.k.a Mr. Electricity.

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15 comments
Michele Kelly
Michele Kelly

I do this all the time! Great potatoes and so little work! Perfect!

Dee Lynch
Dee Lynch

This is great for the summer. I even plug in the slow cooker outside on the deck to avoid heating up the house.

Gretchen Anderson
Gretchen Anderson

Also... you don't need to poke them with a fork. That's usually only for microwaves.

Cheryl
Cheryl

I don't even wrap my potatoes in foil. I put 1/2 cup of water in the bottom and they some out so moist and tender and I am saving money by not using the foil.

Missy
Missy

They suggested using a crock pot in the summer to keep your house cooler..... if you really want to keep it cooler, put the crock pot outside on the porch or deck, so it isn't heating up your house!

Leona
Leona

roll some alum foil in to balls and place them in the bottom of your crock pot before you put the potatoes in, it will keep the potatoes off the bottom so no burning:-)

Shelissa
Shelissa

yeah, can we get some feedback on how to keep them from burning on the bottom? Otherwise, I love this idea.

Maryhelen
Maryhelen

Now up on Pinterest! Love the idea.

Ramona
Ramona

Jean, I was wondering the same thing.I was thinking they would burn on the bottom.

Jean in Calif.
Jean in Calif.

This may be a silly question but I have to ask it. When you put the potatoes wrapped in foil in the crockpot do you put in any water?

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