Monday, July 2, 2012

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes & The Big Storm

Baked potatoes are one of my favorite sides to any meal but I dread having to turn the oven on to make them during the hot summer months. And yes, I know I can make them on the grill but I think it takes too long and I'm not a fan of microwaving potatoes. 

Picky aren't I ?

I simply wash the potatoes.
Prick them a few times with a fork or knife.
Spray a small sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and then wrap the potato up in it.
Place wrapped potatoes in a crock pot. 
Add about 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the crock pot.
Place lid on and let cook on HIGH for at least 5-6 hours.
Now I have to tell you that in 5-6 hours they will be done however  I prefer to place mine in the crock pot and let them cook all day on High. (like about 8 hours)
They come out perfectly steamed!

~The Big Storm~
                                       storm clouds moving in

Thankfully we have power after the big storms that went through the other night. I tried to take a few pictures during the worst moments of it but it was impossible. There was so much dust and dirt swirling in the air that as soon as I opened the door to snap a picture I immediately had to shut my eyes. This was all I managed to get.
Doesn't look bad but trust me it was. There is only one other storm that I can remember being worse than this one.

No major damages here! We lost power only for a brief few minutes however my Mom & Dad (who live right across the street) as well as most of our town were without electric for the rest of that night and part of the next day. Lots of trees and power lines down all around.
                                 Broken tree limb in my parents' back yard

There are still many without power which makes it miserable in this high heat.
The chance for strong storms to come through our area is forecast again for Wednesday. I'm hoping for the rain but I can do without the heavy winds.
Hope you all are staying cool!


annie said...

Glad you are okay, hope the others will get the help they need quickly!

Trace4J said...

Stay safe and dry!
Love the taters that way too.

Sew Many Raggedies said...

I have never tried potatoes that way so I am definately going to give it a try. I have tried several of your recipes and they are all great!! Glad you were safe in the storm. Have a great 4th of July!!

Cheryl said...

Our storm cause lots of damage in the area. Glad all ya'll are okay.

Will try the potatoes !

Janet said...

Hi there,

Gosh, what crazy weather we are having.

I'm glad that you are all ok. We are hoping and praying that those without power and who are in the bad storms and fires will be safe.

It is so hot everywhere. We are praying for the entire country to get rain. It is badly needed.

Thanks for the potato idea. It is simply too hot to turn the oven on. I can't even wash dishes everyday because of the heat. :( We don't have AC.

Stay safe. Take care, Janet W

Kerin said...

Hi Jessica...
Happy Independence day!!

I came over to visit from Janet's and have so enjoyed my visit here.
I'm now following you and looking forward to reading your posts.

I just tried baking potatoes in the crockpot for the first time the other day.... worked like a charm :)

Sorry about the terrible storms that you've been getting.
Hopefully things will calm down.

We need rain so badly here in West.. praying for a gully washer.

Smiles :)

Sharon said...

It is awful that people are without power during this horrible heat wave. Glad you still have yours.

Not much going on here either. We are going to grill hot dogs and I made potato salad and a blueberry cobbler this morning. Staying inside mostly. I hope we all get the rain without the storms too.

Amy @ Heritage Homemaker said...

I have honestly never thought about cooking baked potatoes in the crock pot. I definitely will now! I love them, but hate cooking them....this way will be so easy and keep the house cool. Thanks!