Q. We are having an event where we will be serving baked potatoes. I will be cooking 30-40 medium to large Idaho potatoes in our oven. We have two ovens – one with two racks, the other with one. I typically wash the potatoes, poke them a few times, and place them right on the rack at about 400°F for 60 minutes. Considering the number of potatoes and their size I have a few questions below: (Answers are in red)
- What temperature do you suggest I use to cook them? 400°F (potatoes are done when internal temp reaches 210°F).
- Will it help cooking times to use both ovens – 3 racks? Spacing of potatoes? Yes, use both ovens. Poke the potatoes a few times and then place them directly on the rack.
- What should I expect as far as cooking time? 1 hour for the larger sizes, I would plan on 1 hour 15 minutes max.
- We will be in the mountains. Will the higher altitude affect the cooking time? The altitude should not affect the baking time of potatoes.
Here are a few additional links that may be helpful in baking a large amount of potatoes at once: