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What is the appropriate cook time and temperature for a baked potato?

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According to a recipe from chef Alton Brown, a baked potato should be cook for one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When properly cooked, the outer skin should be crisp but the inside should feel soft.

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Brown also notes that if you are cooking more than four potatoes, the total cook time should be extended 15 minutes. To be sure that a potato is fully cooked, use a food thermometer, and make sure the internal temperature is at least 210 degrees Fahrenheit.

A potato may also be baked in the microwave. This method takes anywhere from six to 12 minutes, depending on the potato size and power of the microwave.

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