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Common jacket potato mistake gives them steamed texture – Use this simple method instead

The jacket potato is one of the most favoured comfort meals as it can be personalised with an infinity of delicious toppings.

However, choosing the wrong potato variety or making simple mistakes during the preparation can lead to getting the wrong consistency.

That’s why potato-inspired content creator Ben Newman, aka Spudman, has shared his top tip to achieving a fluffy jacket potato.

Taking to TikTok back in October, Spudman highlighted the importance of picking the right potato.

He explained: “It’s all about the variety of potato as opposed to how you cook it.

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“When buying jacket potatoes, avoid ‘Nadine Potatoes’ – they are a variety stocked by many supermarkets.”

He added: “While they look great and most likely have a high-yielding crop, the cook on them is absolutely awful.”

But his main tip to stop accidentally boiling the inside of your potato and achieving a steamed consistency was to avoid one common cooking technique.

While it’s a common belief to wrap potatoes in foil, Spudman advises against it, saying: “I never wrap my potatoes in foil at home.

“You’re less likely to burn them in your home oven as opposed to an industrial potato oven which hits 300-350 degrees.”

Wrapping potatoes in foil can also trap steam inside, resulting in a texture more akin to boiled or steamed potatoes, which may not be desired.


  • 2 x 225g Maris Piper or King Edward Potatoes, washed and pricked all over with a fork

  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil

  • 1 tbsp coarse salt, such as Maldon

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Butter


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