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Subject: baking potatoes
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From: mw106[at]yahoo.com (mw)
Date: 20 Dec 2001 15:47:13 -0800
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I would like to bake potatoes in the microwave oven. How do I wash the
potatoes before baking? Do I simply rub the potatoes with my fingers
under water, or do I have to scrub the potatoes with a brush? Thank
you for your answer. Al Brown

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From: Sheryl Rosen 
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 01:33:47 GMT
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mw wrote:
> I would like to bake potatoes in the microwave oven. How do I wash the
> potatoes before baking? Do I simply rub the potatoes with my fingers
> under water, or do I have to scrub the potatoes with a brush? Thank
> you for your answer. Al Brown

how clean do you want your potatoes?

If you think just rubbing with your fingers will suffice, then go for it.

Doesn't matter how you cook 'em.  Matters how clean you want'em.

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From: Jean 
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 00:15:06 GMT
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Sheryl Rosen wrote:
> Doesn't matter how you cook 'em.  Matters how clean you want'em.

I remember once watching someone pick up a kitchen
scrubby-sponge and scrub the potatoes.  - Not a clean one,
mind you, the one in the sink being used for all kinds of
things!  BLEKK!!!

(Of course, I consider sponges to be single use items - I
wipe something down or wash a sink of dishes - that sponge
goes in the laundry and a new one comes out.)

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From: Edwin Pawlowski 
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 06:22:18 GMT
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pieJean wrote:
> (Of course, I consider sponges to be single use items - I
> wipe something down or wash a sink of dishes - that sponge
> goes in the laundry and a new one comes out.)

If you rinsed the sponge with dishwashing liquid under hot water, wouldn't
you accomplish the same thing?  I often spray it with the bleach bottle I
keep on the sink also.  Dilute bleach makes a good sanitary rinse around the
food prep areas.

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From: Vinny Marinara 
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 21:26:14 -0500
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pieJean wrote:
> - I
> wipe something down or wash a sink of dishes - that sponge
> goes in the laundry and a new one comes out.)

Got news...putting a sponge into the washer does not sterilize it.  Unless
you're running it through with beach.

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From: katie1151[at]webtv.net (Kathy)
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 14:06:41 -0500 (EST)
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The subject od washing potaoes w/a sponge prompted replies re. the
cleanliness of the sponge.  To "sterilize" a sponge, just nuke it for
@45 sec in the microwave. :-)

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From: amoorman[at]visi.com (Alan)
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 10:18:33 -0600
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Kathy gave this insight:
:The subject od washing potaoes w/a sponge prompted replies re. the
:cleanliness of the sponge.  To "sterilize" a sponge, just nuke it for
:@45 sec in the microwave. :-)

And what does that do for it, except get it warm?

Get it warm enough and it will melt.  

I think that running it through the dishwasher is likely to do as
much, if not more, good!

BTW, I once let a soft, small-holed plastic sponge (the kind that is
is a coarse "bag" which is the scrubby part)  soak for a couple of
days in a bowl of bleach.

When I took it out, the sponge part had disappeared completely,
leaving just the scrubby 'bag' part!!!!!

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From: Edwin Pawlowski 
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 04:09:39 GMT
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mw wrote:
> I would like to bake potatoes in the microwave oven.

You can't "bake" anything in a microwave.  You can cook potatoes in it
though.  Brush them under water and then cook.  Nothing to it.

Baking requires dry heat, as in an oven.  That is what makes a superior
baked potato.  I cook spuds in the MW at works sometimes.  They are OK, but
not nearly as good as one baked  for an hour at 400 degrees.

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From: dancertm 
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 09:06:45 -0800
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mw wrote:
> I would like to bake potatoes in the microwave oven.

Try poking holes in them with a fork. Don't over cook, and then let
them rest wraped in foil. They will continue to cook. You can rub
before with oil, or butter, or margerine. I cook two for 8 mins, and
then put in foil. 

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From: Vinny Marinara 
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 20:57:51 -0500
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dancertm wrote 
> let
> them rest wraped in foil. They will continue to cook.

That's good if you like soggy skins.  I nuke my taters until done
throughout, and then into a 450 degree oven for 5-10 minutes to get crispy
skins.

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From: Buckler 
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 01:13:10 GMT
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
>You can't "bake" anything in a microwave.  You can cook potatoes in it
>though.  Brush them under water and then cook.  Nothing to it.
>
>Baking requires dry heat, as in an oven.  That is what makes a superior
>baked potato.  I cook spuds in the MW at works sometimes.  They are OK, but
>not nearly as good as one baked  for an hour at 400 degrees.

I'll often microwave a potato until the flesh is nearly done, then
finish it in an oven as a time-saver. The skin comes out nice and
crinkly, and the potato is done well.

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From: val189 
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2001 20:07:31 -0500
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
>Baking requires dry heat, as in an oven.  That is what makes a superior
>baked potato.  I cook spuds in the MW at works sometimes.  They are OK, but
>not nearly as good as one baked  for an hour at 400 degrees.

I agree - if you don't have the time for conventional baking of a spud, may as
well have mashed.  I like 450 for an hour and a half - we like that nice crisp
shell of a jacket. And Idahos are our preference.

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From: Pat Meadows 
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 13:46:16 GMT
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mw wrote:
> How do I wash the
>potatoes before baking? Do I simply rub the potatoes with my fingers
>under water, or do I have to scrub the potatoes with a brush?

I scrub the potatoes with a brush or plastic dish-scrubber,
under running water.

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From: stan[at]temple.edu
Date: 21 Dec 2001 14:46:54 GMT
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mw wrote:
> I would like to bake potatoes in the microwave oven. How do I wash the
> potatoes before baking? Do I simply rub the potatoes with my fingers
> under water, or do I have to scrub the potatoes with a brush? Thank
> you for your answer. Al Brown

Regardless of how I intend to cook potatoes, I just wash them under cold 
running water and scrub them with my hands for a few minutes. I have been 
doing it this way upwards of thirty years. My parents have been cleaning 
potatoes the same way for much longer. It works well for us. The cooking 
method does not dictate how one cleans potatoes.

As for baking a potato in a microwave, that's not possible. Although
potatoes can certainly be cooked in a microwave, baked potatoes require
"baking" hence the name. Baking requires cooking in a gas or electric
oven that gives off real heat. Some people speed up the process of 
cooking baked potatoes by nuking them for a few minutes prior to baking 
them in an oven, but expecting to baked potatoes entirely in a microwave 
oven is simply unrealistic.

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From: Vinny Marinara 
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 18:33:07 -0500
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Doesn't make any difference how you wash them as long as they get
washed...it ain't rocket science..

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From: amoorman[at]visi.com (Alan)
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 19:50:26 -0600
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mw gave this insight:
: How do I wash the
:potatoes before baking?

I never wash them.  They just get deep holes poked into them with a
fork, and then they get "nuked" in the microwave.
Or, I put them in water and boil them.
Or, I bake them in the Real Oven.

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From: Darrell Daniels 
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 10:05:27 GMT
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Alan wrote:
> I never wash them.  

Yikes Alan, ever grow potatoes? they grow underground, in the dirt. Put
a stopper in your sink and wash a few and look at the water to see what
you have been eating. They go through a conveyer wash at the growers but
it doesnt come near to getting all the dirt off. I guess you could call
that a HIGH fiber diet. :)

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From: amoorman[at]visi.com (Alan)
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 10:18:23 -0600
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Darrell Daniels gave this insight:
:Yikes Alan, ever grow potatoes? they grow underground, in the dirt.

I grew up on a farm.

Dirt isn't bad -- the food we eat grows in it!!!!

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From: robdgot[at]aol.com (Bob Gottlieb)
Date: 24 Dec 2001 16:45:10 GMT
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Don't forget to poke smome holes in the potato before microwaving.

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From: dwheeler[at]ipns.com (Daniel B. Wheeler)
Date: 24 Dec 2001 18:16:22 -0800
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Alan wrote:
> Dirt isn't bad -- the food we eat grows in it!!!!
 
Well...some of it does. A soil scientist at Oregon State University
once defined dirt as...feces. And while a certain amount of this
material undoubtedly gets into the food chain, I don't eat it if I can
help it.

Among other things, it can transfer a bunch of diseases.

So if you wouldn't add a pasture pie to your pizza...wash them taters!

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From: nonamefem[at]cs.comnodrek (noname)
Date: 22 Dec 2001 15:14:52 GMT
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>I would like to bake potatoes in the microwave oven. How do I wash the
>potatoes before baking? 

"Washing" potatoes before baking is mainly  to get the dirt off. A brief
brushing under cold water will dislodge dirt in crevices. 


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