Soaking in oil and salt are good for potatoes too!
Recently we went to the Salt Sea (also known as the Dead Sea) and soaked in the one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. We walked up on the beach, rubbed this black mineral “mud-crunch” all over, let it dry, then went back to wash off in the Salt Sea. As we rubbed, we notice our skin is becomes soft and it feels really oily. So I began to think of my unwrapped baking potatoes…
One day my mom comes over and tells me that many of my pans need to meet the trash can: “no aluminum”, she says. Aluminum is a toxin; we avoid it in our deodorant, we avoid cooking with it in our pans and use stainless steel or glass pans for cooking.
So one day I realize: Why am I wrapping my baked potatoes in aluminum foil!?
To store food in the refrigerator when you can’t find the matching lid… aluminum foil is great! But cooking with foil is not a great option, and somehow cooking potatoes wrapped in foil just slipped through undetected. This is a terrific alternative wrap that will lock in moisture without adding aluminum to your diet.
Look what happens when salt [on the potato] is covered with foil!
When this happened, we realized the need for an alternative. We love the salt, but not with aluminum cooked into our potato. So, we only use aluminum for cold temperatures and making great art project crafts.
But we need a replacement! The answer is budget friendly and simple. Instead of wrapping our potatoes with aluminum foil, we simply rub the potatoes in a saturated fat, such as red palm oil or ghee. Our children enjoy therapeutically rubbing those organic potatoes. Now they will be delicious, nutritious and aluminum free!
After washing your hands and the potatoes, get your pan ready. Have a child (or an adult) rub a saturated oil into the potatoes. Put salt in a bowl and roll the potato in salt and add any other seasoning you like. Bake in the oven at 350˚F for about an hour.
Feel free to rub the oil off your hands onto your legs and arms to lock in moisture! (Warning: red palm oil may add red color to your skin and look like a bad sunless tanning lotion!)
When a fork can be gently pushed into the potato, it is ready. Top with lots of butter, sour cream, sauerkraut, cottage cheese or salsa. Fermented toppings like these are especially healthy.
Enjoy! For some more tips to avoid aluminum, check out this article.
Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using real food, real discussion, and encouragement. As a Wife, Mom of birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple food tips while volunteering in a local Orphanage to create a model for change. Connect with Mandy through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.