Jacket or baked potatoes are the perfect autumn/winter comfort food, especially when loaded with your favourite topping. But with the cost of living crisis in full swing, many are looking for new ways to cook dinner. Using an oven to bake a potato is not only time-consuming but also costly as the oven is the most expensive appliance to run. The microwave, on the other hand, which is the cheapest appliance to run costing just 8p per average use, doesn’t get the potato skin crispy. But, one TikTok user has shared her recipe to make jacket potatoes in the air fryer, which not only cuts time but is one of the cheaper appliances to use.
Nisha Parmar, also known as @nishascookingagain_ shared her tips for cooking a jacket or baked potato in the air fryer.
She commented: “If you’re not already roasting your Jacket potatoes in an Airfryer then your missing out on crispy skin and creamy fluffy insides!
“It’s quicker and much cheaper energy wise vs a conventional oven.
“The perfect lunch or dinner for the colder evenings. Here I have loaded my jacket with Coleslaw, Sweetcorn and Cheese. A nostalgic classic from the Spud-u-Like days!
“I love the cold and warm contrast and crunchy textures. I am also a big fan of beans and cheese. What’s your favourite jacket filling?”
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Emma Wood75 tried it Nisha’s way and replied: “Just made this today! So lovely, the crisp on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside! Thank you for the recommendation I’ll never go back now!”
Aly&Ari shared an even quicker way: “Microwave for eight mins pop into air fryer for another 10 mins till crispy. Half the time and it’s so good.”
Daniel Aaron shared his tips for a crispy jacket in half the time Nisha cooks hers: “I sit mine is cold salty water for 20 minutes and then only cook it for 20 in the airfryer, comes out PERFECT.”
Cora-Ann Fagan optimises the air fryer being plugged in and batch cooks: “I do 10 at a time and freeze them for work lunched.”
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Air fryers are one of the most popular kitchen gadgets at the moment – initially famed for cutting calories.
But it also uses much less electricity than a conventional oven.
Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch said: “Depending on their size, some air fryers are similar in power to an oven, but the difference is the amount of time you need to use them.”
For example, it can take 20 minutes to get your oven up to temperature, but most air fryers will be ready in just three minutes.
Plus, the cooking time in an air fryer is usually shorter because the area is smaller, so heats up more quickly.
The experts at Uswitch revealed that if you used a 900-watt air fryer for 20 minutes a day, it would cost about 6p per meal.
A larger 1,500-watt air fryer used for around the same amount of time would cost roughly 10p per meal.
So if you used the smaller fryer five days a week for a year, that would cost a total of £15.60, and around £26 for the larger model.