Russet Potatoes

Check the potato for soft spots, cracks or withering.  Be sure the "eyes" have not sprouted.  If the skin has a greenish tinge, do not buy it.  Greenish skin means the potato was exposed to bright light too long.  Store for up to 2 weeks in a cool, dark place (50 degrees F to 55 degrees F).

Scrub well with a vegetable brush.  Prick each potato with a fork several times.  Contrary to popular practice, potatoes should not be wrapped in foil before baking; this prevents them from becoming fluffy.  Cook, unwrapped, at 400 degrees F for 45 to 60 minutes.  Serve with herbed butter, sour cream, salsa or grated cheddar cheese.