Baked Potatoes and a Couple Tips

Baked potatoes…..I don’t think I could ever get sick of spud night. Potatoes are quite versatile and could potentially be a weekly dinner without it ever getting boring.

Today we ate what I consider to be the standard-butter, bacon, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. I would assume I don’t need to tell you how to bake a potato. I want to focus on two other components: cheese and bacon.

Did you know the already grated cheese you buy from the store contains cellulose, an anti-caking agent? You may say, “Why does that matter?” The part that disturbs me about that ingredient is it often is made from wood pulp. Yes, you read that right! Wood pulp! I am not a picky person, but wood pulp is not something I desire to consume! A better option is to purchase the blocks of cheese and grate it yourself. Check out the link at the bottom for more things that contain cellulose. The Food Babe, as she is known, has great information on the chemicals and other less than desirable ingredients we are consuming in our everyday foods. You should check her out!

The other thing I wanted to talk about is bacon. It seems bacon is showing up in everything these days! I used to cook bacon on the stovetop, grease splattering everywhere. For that very reason, I did not cook it all that often and what a shame! For about a year now, I have been baking it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, flipping half way. All you need is a rimmed baking sheet and some parchment paper. The parchment paper is key, because it makes clean-up so easy!

As soon as the grease hardens, you just throw it in the trash and put the baking sheet right back where it belongs. Because of this ingenious option, I now cook bacon more often than I probably should! It is just so good!

What is your favorite way to enjoy a spud? Pulled pork and BBQ sauce? White cheddar cheese? Just butter and sour cream? I love all of those, by the way!

***Thanks to my fellow blogger who brought up baking bacon the other day. Unfortunately, in my spaciness I could not find your blog to properly site you. If you read this, please comment so you get your credit. 🙂

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