The inclusion of our supermarket voucher codes is a good indication that we’re not talking about how to grow your potatoes here, but rather how to cook them and prepare them, plus save money off them as well. There are no short cuts to creating the perfect jacket potato (before you get any ideas about microwaves) so here are out top tips - as well as some top toppings - on how to create the best jacket potato…
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The type of potato best suited to baking are the ‘floury’ variety as they will produce the required light and fluffy texture. The ones you will be more likely to find in your local supermarket are King Edwards or Maris Piper, but make sure you get some of a sufficient size as you don’t want to end up over-baking or, the horror, having a tiny jacket potato that won’t hold any filling. If you want to order your groceries online (potatoes can be quite heavy after all), but don’t know where to begin, our Sainsburys discount vouchers and Ocado voucher codes are particularly good right now, both offering a saving of £15 when you spend £60 or more on your first shop.
Once you have the perfect potato, you need to get that oven hot enough. Here there are two choices – 180 degrees centigrade and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. This will result is a softer centre and crispier skin. Or 200 degrees centigrade for 45 minutes top 1 hour – this will still give you a great jacket potato but you need to take care and not overcook. Obviously these cooking times will vary according to the size of the potato.
For the final preparation, rub the potato with oil and a sprinkling of salt before piecing with a fork or sharp knife (very important if you don’t want your potato to explode) and placing on a baking tray in the oven. And don’t wrap in foil! This will only result in a not-crispy-enough skin. Test your potato with a skewer when you think it might be ready and if it passes easily all the way through, it’s done.
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But first we must mention the all-important butter. For the best filling technique, you need to cut a line down your potato lengthways with a sharp knife then give it a pinch on either side to squeeze out some of the filling. Put in a generous knob of butter and this will ensure it spreads itself throughout the fluffy filling. Using our Morrisons coupon code is a great way of getting fabulous prices on all your essentials (such as butter) because with up to 50% off selected groceries, you can current save on the Lurpak Slightly Salted Spreadable 500g (was £3.25, now £2).
Our favourite jacket potato fillings are the ones that have been around for years and years, because when it comes to the best jacket potatoes, you can’t beat the classics. There’s nothing wrong with grated Cheddar (and you can use that Morrisons voucher code to save on their Morrisons Mature White Cheddar 350g and buy 2 for £3.50), but you can add plenty on top of that cheese too – how about some coleslaw, baked beans or tuna mayonnaise? Or even all 4 four if you’re feeling particularly hungry. Another favourite is prawns in Marie Rose sauce – easy to create yourself with mayonnaise, about a tablespoon of tomato ketchup and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Don’t forget to add these ingredients to your orders placed using those Ocado voucher codes and Sainsburys promotional codes!
Jacket Potatoes Healthy Options
For slightly healthier options, perhaps dispense with the cheese and stick with just the beans, low-fat coleslaw and plain tuna. We would never suggest cutting out the butter altogether as this in an intrinsic part of a good baked potato, but maybe in this instance, you could use slightly less.
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And when it comes to side servings, why not use our Sainsburys and Ocado coupon codes to choose form their wide selection of pre-prepared salads and dressings?
We can all agree that there’s no comfort food quite like the perfect jacket potato, right? And whatever filling or topping your choose, make sure you save on the best set of ingredients by using one of our Ocado, Morrisons and Sainsburys voucher codes.
By Anna Scott, 27th January 2016