Heat the oven to 400°F. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven.
Trim any blemishes with a paring knife.
Pierce the potatoes in a few places a fork. This allows steam to escape from the baking potato. If you are using potatoes nails, skewer them here.
Roll potatoes in oil and then salt. They don't need to be fully coated, but do the best you can. This step is also optional if you are looking for a healthier or less salty version.
Bake the potatoes directly on the oven rack on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 45-60 minutes, turning them once or twice. Exact cooking time will depend on the size of your potatoes. Pierce them with a sharp knife or fork to determine doneness.
Remove potatoes. Serve and dress immediately.
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To speed up baking a potato, pierce it and then microwave for 3-4 minutes. Microwaving cooks from the inside out, so this will soften the interior. DO NOT MICROWAVE WITH A POTATO NAIL IN THE POTATO. Next, bake for 25-35 minutes.