Were you aware that potatoes are included in the Dirty Dozen list published by the Environmental Working Group? Potatoes, plus nine other fruits and vegetables, should be on your organic shopping list.
According to the EWG report, the average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food. Yikes! That is why on my last trip to Earth Fare I bought a bag of organic russet potatoes. By buying a bag, I was sure to have enough to make baked potatoes for a main course as well as still have some left over to make homemade mashed potatoes. (It is a great way to stretch your money.)
There is no need for a recipe for making classic baked potatoes, but I will share with you how we make them at our house. We start by rinsing the potatoes off under running water being sure to remove any visible dirt.
We allow them to dry and then rub some olive oil on them and then sprinkle them with kosher salt or sea salt. We then place them on a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil
We then bake them in the oven which has been preheated to 425 degrees. It takes about an hour for them to become tender inside. We like the insides nice and soft so that butter just melts all over. Mmmm….butter. Especially grassfed butter. (That probably could be better termed since you don’t feed grass to butter. What that really means is that the cows that produced the milk to make the butter were fed grass.)
When we have potatoes as the main course of our meal, we top them with butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon.
About a year or so ago I learned that you can cook bacon in the oven. (That should really state bake bacon in the oven, but that kinda sounds weird, doesn’t it?) Just line a baking sheet which has a small lip around the edge with some aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until nice and crispy. (Be sure to preheat your oven first.) Some people bake it on a rack placed on the baking sheet. I just make little folds in my foil so that the grease can drain better while it cooks.
There you have it. A simple, delicious meal of a baked potato. Each little spud is nutritious, too. A medium-sized potato has:
- more potassium than a banana.
- more vitamin C than a medium-sized tomato.
- 2 grams of fiber (if you eat the delicious skin), 10% of the recommended vitamin B6, and 6% of the daily recommended amount of iron.
On a side note, I recently traveled to Asheville, North Carolina and toured Hickory Nut Gap Farm. The farm raises natural, grassfed, free range meats and they also happen to be one of Earth Fare’s sources. Before the trip I already knew about Earth Fare’s policy of no antibiotics or synthetic hormones in their fresh meat or dairy. It was great being able to see one of the farms where the cows are raised humanely.
Here is a picture of some of the happy, yet camera-shy, cows that I got to meet: