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Subject: Baked Potatoes in gas oven
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: john.callicrate[at]juno.com (john callicrate)
Date: 14 Nov 2001 15:12:54 -0800
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Any one out there got some advice on cooking baked potatoes,
in a propane gas oven in an RV (Magic Chef oven)?

It takes more than an hour and a half,
any short cuts??

Thanks for any comments.

John C.

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From: Pitch Pocket <pitchpocket[at]hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 15:22:50 -0800
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I'd get an oven thermometer and check the temp. I bake potatoes at 400
degrees. It normally takes less than 1 hour.

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From: sue at interport net (Curly Sue)
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 23:32:11 GMT
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john callicrate wrote:
>It takes more than an hour and a half,
>any short cuts??

Cheat!  Nuke them until they are halfway cooked, then bake them the
rest of the way.

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From: penmart01[at]aol.como (sheldon)
Date: 14 Nov 2001 23:45:39 GMT
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john callicrate wrote:
>Any one out there got some advice on cooking baked potatoes,
>in a propane gas oven in an RV (Magic Chef oven)?

Whether natural gas, propane or electric oven, matters not a whit whatsoever.
This does matter, what size potatoes and baked at what temperature... and are
you certain your oven thermostat is functioning properly?

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From: threeriversguy_2000[at]yahoo.com (Ken)
Date: 14 Nov 2001 19:57:15 -0800
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> It takes more than an hour and a half,
> any short cuts??

I've never tried it, but I've been told that if you put a metal skewer
through the middle, (or an all metal table knife, etc.)it will radiate
enough heat to cook from both the outside and inside.  This is
supposed to reduce the cooking time considerably. I've never tried it,
so give it a shot and check doneness often.  YMMV.

And either get smaller potatoes or check the oven's temperature.

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From: ericDONOTSPAMMEthered[at]eudoramail.com
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 23:28:26 -0600
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Ken wrote
>I've never tried it, but I've been told that if you put a metal skewer
>through the middle, (or an all metal table knife, etc.)it will radiate

i've tried it and it works... make sure the metal stake is non-toxic.

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From: Mike Reid <gillardreid[at]mcmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 07:10:29 +0000
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Following up to Ken:
>I've never tried it, but I've been told that if you put a metal skewer
>through the middle,

yes, it helps. You can buy a gadget her (UK) for the purpose. I
imagine coated copper would be best material? If a bit OTT.

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From: wej3715[at]scully.tamu.edu (Eric Johnson)
Date: 15 Nov 2001 10:28:40 GMT
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Ken wrote:
: I've never tried it, but I've been told that if you put a metal skewer
: through the middle, (or an all metal table knife, etc.)it will radiate

When I was a kid, we used large nails for that.  The nails were
sold by grocery stores for that purpose and wouldn't rust.

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From: stan[at]temple.edu
Date: 15 Nov 2001 16:08:31 GMT
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wej3715 wrote:
> When I was a kid, we used large nails for that.  The nails were
> sold by grocery stores for that purpose and wouldn't rust.

A standard ten penny nail would work fine. Just find a carpenter
to ask for a nail or stop by a decent lumber yard.

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From: penmart01[at]aol.como (Sheldon)
Date: 15 Nov 2001 17:37:27 GMT
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stan@temple writes:
>A standard ten penny nail would work fine. Just find a carpenter
>to ask for a nail or stop by a decent lumber yard.

Aluminum "Gutter Spikes" (nails used for fastening rain gutters to eave facia
boards) are available at Home Depot, etal., about 60/ea, depending on length. 
Of course I'm not advocating potato nails... they cut cooking time by about
only ten minutes, regardless whether one or an entire ovenful... perhaps for
the mentally disturbed (compulsive-obssessives, etal.).

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From: judgmoore[at]cs.com (Judith Moore)
Date: 17 Nov 2001 16:38:31 GMT
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>> It takes more than an hour and a half,
>> any short cuts??

M'wave for a few minutes first.   Crank up the temperature (350F takes a long
time).   Cook quartered or sliced potatoes together with meat things instead of
all by themselves. 

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Subject: Potatoes in Gas Oven
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: john.callicrate[at]juno.com (john callicrate)
Date: 17 Jan 2002 14:05:46 -0800

Thanks to all the folks who made remarks about
my problem with cooking potatoes in our RV gas oven.

I'm doing much better now!!

John C.


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