Originally Posted by Christie21
What is better foil or no foil baked potatoe
not an easy question to answer.
a foil wrapped potato tends to "steam" itself more. which is just peachy keen on 'older' stocks or 'drier' potatoes.
no foil does make for a drier / crunchier skin - can get to the 'tough' stage - but there be folks (me amongst them) that like a chewy potato skin - drowned in sour cream, I guess I should add....
'fresh potatoes' - i.e. recently dug / new crop - I find do better unwrapped - helps them dry out a bit to get to the tender flaky texture. I grow potatoes in my garden and I rather frequently go 'dig for dinner' - in that stage of fresh (where just 'washing' the potato removes most of the skin....) imho they do better unwrapped.
store bought potatoes vary greatly over time - but post Thanksgiving when most of the crop has been in storage for a while I prefer to wrap them. by Feb-Jun, the stored potato stocks are certain candidates for a washing/wetting/foil wrap.
of course, there is no accounting for taste and preferences - including mine!