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Let Your Baked Potatoes Breathe

Close-up Photo of Baked Potatoes Wrapped in Foil On a Baking Tray Play Video

Baked potatoes are an ideal side for any holiday meal. You can personalize them with endless combinations of condiments, from sour cream, chives and cheese, to butter, bacon bits and even black beans! But if you’re not careful, you might add botulism to the list.

We’ll show you how (and why it’s important) to give your spuds space to breathe after baking. Our resident food-safety expert and NC State Extension specialist, Ben Chapman, shares research-based tips to help you enjoy a safe and happy holiday meal.

This segment of Homegrown was filmed in the Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens at NC State University. The state-of-the-art kitchen complex was designed to enhance and extend our work in teaching, research and Extension.

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