Preheat the oven to 400°F. Determine how many potatoes you will bake today. Prepare your baking sheet with Tin Foil or Parchment Paper for easy clean up. Or, if you have a baking rack that fits into your baking pan, that is nice to use as it lets the air circulate around the potato for even cooking.
Wash and dry the potatoes.
Dry the potatoes with a Kitchen Towel.
Poke each potato all over 10-12 times with a pairing knife - about an inch into the potato. This creates those steam holes.
Rub the potatoes with the oil or bacon grease. You can eyeball this amount, but 1/2 teaspoon per potato should do it. Add salt to the outside of the skin after oiling. I like to add coarse sea salt to one side. Place that side down on the foil and salt the top side.
Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but flesh beneath feels soft. If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes. Also, if your potatoes are large, they may require more baking time.
Cut a hole down the center, this will expose the soft flesh. Add your toppings of choice and enjoy.
Toppings for Potatoes: Sour Cream, Butter, Salt, Pepper, Cheese, Bacon, Ham, Paprika, Parmesan, Salsa, or French Onion Dip. At our house, anything goes. Once the potatoes are baked, everyone has their favorite way of eating their own.