Staffordshire TikToker Spudman reveals how to make perfect jacket potato at home

-Credit: (Image: Ben Newman)
-Credit: (Image: Ben Newman)


Recently the likes of the Crookie and Girl Dinner have dominated the food trend space. However, with more than 117 million views on TikTok, Staffordshire sensation SpudTok has officially taken over with the humble jacket spud making its comeback.

Ben Newman, aka, Spudman, rose to fame on the social media platform in October after he filmed videos about all things spuds from his jacket potato van based in Tamworth. Now, with over 3.1 million followers and 60.9 million likes, Spudman is truly a TikTok phenomenon.

As jacket potatoes are growing increasingly more popular, Ninja Kitchen has partnered and spoken exclusively with Spudman, who has revealed just how to make the perfect jacket potato at home. He has three top tips to follow, reports Bristol Live.

How to make the perfect jacket spud at home, according to Spudman

Baked potato sliced open filled with melting butter.
TikTok Sensation ‘Spudman’ explains how to make the perfect jacket potato at home -Credit:Getty
  • Make sure you use the right type of potato:

"It's all about the variety of potato as opposed to how you cook it. When buying jacket potatoes, avoid 'Nadine Potatoes' - they are a variety of potatoes stocked by many supermarkets. Whilst they look great and most likely have a high-yielding crop, the cook on them is absolutely awful."

  • Use 2 small potatoes instead of 1 large one:

"Cooking time will depend on the size of the potato. If the potato fits in the palm of your hand, cook for around an hour and a half. Everyone makes the mistake of going for the biggest potato they can find, but it is better to buy a couple of smaller ones and have two. They will cook more evenly and won't have any hard bits in them."

  • Don’t wrap your potato in foil:

Whilst many may think you must wrap a spud in tin foil, Spudman says not to. "I never wrap my potatoes in foil at home. You're less likely to burn them in your home oven as opposed to an industrial potato oven which hits 300-350 degrees," he said.

Spudman was founded back in 2003

After buying his trailer pitch in Tamworth back in 2003, Ben aka Spudman, has dedicated his life to jacket spuds ever since. Ben said: "I took over from the previous owner in 2003 after he said he was retiring. Whilst it was something I never thought I would do, my dad was a potato merchant and supplied the previous owner for over 20 years before I took it over."

"At the time, I was young and didn't particularly know what I wanted to do with my life so I thought, "Why not?" I didn't think I would be doing it all these years later but I am and I absolutely love it!"

How Spudman became a TikTok phenomenon

Spudman set up his TikTok account around four years ago, just as the UK came out of COVID-19. Ben said: "It was the perfect way to shout about the fact we were back at work. In terms of followers, we have had decent steady growth for a good few years and hit around 350,000 followers last October."

Ever since October, @Spudarmy has gained an additional 2.75 million followers and Ben said things are now crazy. He commented: "At the minute, every day is nuts. On average, I prep 1000 spuds on a weekday and 1,500 at a weekend. Every video I have posted since October has gone viral - it's like someone turned a switch on and suddenly went mental for spuds."

"People have come from far and wide to try our spuds. Most recently, we have had couples from all over the world including from Australia, America and Canada. When I say to people 'Are you on holiday here?' and then reply 'No - we've come for you!', that is the biggest compliment I could ever receive."

How to make the perfect air fryer jacket potato

With jacket potatoes being more popular than ever, Ninja Kitchen has revealed its own air fryer jacket potato recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 225g Maris Piper or King Edward Potatoes, washed and poked all over with a fork

  • 2 tsp veg oil

  • 1 tbsp coarse salt, such as maldon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Butter

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Massage the oil all over the potatoes.

  2. Roll the Potatoes in the course salt. This is what makes the skin really crispy.

  3. Place the potatoes in the basket and select the air fry function on 200C.

  4. Set the time for 45 minutes.

  5. Check that it is cooked all the way through then remove from the basket and cut a slit down the centre so the skin remains crisp.

  6. Season with salt and pepper, add a dollop of butter and your favourite toppings.