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Subject: baked potato
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: jgalatis 
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 13:33:57 +0300
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Does anybody know how long  the potato needs to be cooked in a microwave
oven?

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From: bharkingv 
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 14:10:02 +1100
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About 8 minutes on high for a medium sized potato - adjust time for size.
Cook for half the time, turn potato and cook for remaining time.  Don't
forget to prick potato skin all over otherwise it will explode and that
takes ages to clear up!

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From: toto339[at]webtv.net (Tim Callison)
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 00:22:18 -0500 (CDT)
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Let's avoid the usual nuking-versus-baking discussion here in order to
emphasize safety. Nine years ago, a co-worker's son opened the microwave
JUST as an unpricked potato exploded. It was nearly a week before the
physicians could say for sure whether he would live or die; he was that
badly scalded. So please, whatever else you do, be sure to puncture that
potato in several places with a fork to let the steam escape
non-explosively.

Respectfully,

Tim Callison

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From: Jack 
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 12:24:52 -0400
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bharkingv wrote:
> About 8 minutes on high for a medium sized potato - adjust time for size.
> Cook for half the time, turn potato and cook for remaining time.  Don't
> forget to prick potato skin all over otherwise it will explode and that
> takes ages to clear up!

Don't forget to wrap the potato in foil after done cooking for another
6 to 8 minutes. This holds the heat in and finalizes the cooking.
Important: do NOT have the potato in the microwave with the foil on!

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From: Jim Kajpust 
Date: 24 Sep 2000 06:03:35 GMT
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I usually do about 6 minutes, then flip it and do 6 more minutes. It
depends a lot on your microwave. My is old and wimpy and new ones
probably take less time.

To test the potato, stick a toothpick into it. If it's hard to stick
it in, it isn't done yet, give it a couple more minutes or just let it
set for a couple of minutes, it will continue to cook a bit more on
its own.

I don't prick the skins on mine and have yet to have one blow up.

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From: Stan Horwitz 
Date: 24 Sep 2000 06:35:39 GMT
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jgalatis wrote:
> Does anybody know how long  the potato needs to be cooked in a microwave
> oven?

Zero minutes. A potato cooked in a microwave oven is not baked, it is
microwaved. A baked potato is one that is baked in an oven for around
one around at 450 degrees.

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From: Leon Manfredi 
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 22:24:11 -0400
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>Does anybody know how long  the potato needs to be cooked in a microwave
>oven?

First off....it depends on the size of the potato.

Next, be sure to poke holes several times all around (ends too),
otherwise, trapped in steam will explode potato (what a mess).
(hole poking items; paring knife, fork, ice pick, etc.)

Then place on a section of paper toweling, then, an "at least"
trial 3 minutes on high each side. You may need to adjust for 
extra time after having given the potato a "Feel Cooked Squeeze".

For more than one potato, apply the same procedure, though
more time will be necessary.

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From: Edwin Pawlowski 
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 22:17:05 -0400
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Leon Manfredi wrote:
> Next, be sure to poke holes several times all around (ends too),
> otherwise, trapped in steam will explode potato (what a mess).
> (hole poking items; paring knife, fork, ice pick, etc.)
>                    From Leon,

Gosh I lead a dull culinary life.  I've been baking potatoes off and on for
35+ years and never poked one (intentionally, anyway), never had one
explode.

Use the oven, the microwave, toaster oven, wood stove, grill, campfire, and
no explosions.  What am I doing wrong?

This is not to be confused with a potato gun though.  BAM!  300 to 400
yards.

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From: ndooley[at]blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Nancy Dooley)
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 15:01:15 GMT
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
>Gosh I lead a dull culinary life.  I've been baking potatoes off and on for
>35+ years and never poked one (intentionally, anyway), never had one
>explode.
>
>Use the oven, the microwave, toaster oven, wood stove, grill, campfire, and
>no explosions.  What am I doing wrong?

Whatever it is, so am I doing it wrong ... I've never had one explode,
no matter how it's cooked.

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From: kris[at]vilnya.demon.co.uk (Kris Dow)
Date: 7 Oct 2000 10:36:10 -0100
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>Whatever it is, so am I doing it wrong ... I've never had one explode,
>no matter how it's cooked.

	I have had exactly one explode (I was doing my patented dual
microwave+grill cheat in our combo thingy) and I have no idea why. 
Perhaps it was just a bit exciteable? I regularly lob them in without
poking holes, no probs.

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From: pattee[at]spot.Colorado.EDU (Donna Pattee)
Date: 28 Sep 2000 14:19:37 GMT
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>Gosh I lead a dull culinary life.  I've been baking potatoes off and on for
>35+ years and never poked one (intentionally, anyway), never had one
>explode.
>
>Use the oven, the microwave, toaster oven, wood stove, grill, campfire, and
>no explosions.  What am I doing wrong?

You're just plain lucky. I forgot ONCE to poke a potato I stuck in the 
microwave. I knew it was done because it blew the door of the microwave open.

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From: "hahabogus \(Alan\)" 
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 10:38:30 -0500
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For years I never poked my potatoes. But the night I had one explode in my
oven 15 minutes before company was to start coming over convinced me to
start. Burning potato will really stink up the house and is hard to clean
out of the oven. Also it kinda delays dinner if you have to re-cook the
spuds.

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Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking
Subject: Re: baked potato in microwave

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From: "C." 
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 22:59:55 -0400
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> Does anybody know how long  the potato needs to be cooked in a microwave
> oven?

Potatoes cooked in the microwave should first have their skins pierced
several times.  For each potato, cook 4 minutes on high power in the
microwave, but then you must  allow  fifteen minutes standing time as well.
The potatoes should be wrapped in foil for the fifteen minutes standing time
to hold in the heat and finish cooking.
S.

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From: miche[at]technologist.com (Miche)
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 20:49:51 +1200
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> Potatoes cooked in the microwave should first have their skins pierced
> several times.  For each potato, cook 4 minutes on high power in the
> microwave, but then you must  allow  fifteen minutes standing time as well.

We never allow that much and the end result is just fine.

> The potatoes should be wrapped in foil for the fifteen minutes standing time
> to hold in the heat and finish cooking.

Nor do we wrap them in foil.  We find they hold their heat and finish
cooking without it.

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From: "Edwin Pawlowski" 
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 07:47:40 -0400
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Most peoplel forgt about standing time for microwaved foods.  It does make a
difference.  I usually pop them n the toaster oven to stand so the skins
will crisp.  Of course if we have the time, that is the preferred cooking
place starting out.

No need to wrap in foil, just put them under a dish towel and they will stay
worm for a long time.

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From: moosmeat[at]mindspring.com (moosemeat)
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 17:13:31 GMT
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>No need to wrap in foil, just put them under a dish towel and they will stay
>worm for a long time.
>Ed.

The idea of wrapping in foil is not so much for keeping them warm as for
continuing to bake them with residual heat according to the woman who
conducted cooking school given with our new microwave several years 
ago.

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From: "Edwin Pawlowski" 
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 14:37:41 -0400
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moosemeat wrote:
> The idea of wrapping in foil is not so much for keeping them warm as for
> continuing to bake them with residual heat according to the woman who
> conducted cooking school given with our new microwave several years
> ago.

Correct.  But you can use a towel to do the same thing.  Invert a bowl over
top of them also.  Saves on foil and insulates better.  The molecular action
from the mw stimulation will continue for about half the cooking time as a
rule of thumb.

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From: Richard Caley 
Date: 25 Sep 2000 00:58:31 +0100
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C  (c) writes:

c> For each potato, cook 4 minutes on high power in the
c> microwave, but then you must  allow  fifteen minutes standing time as well.

I just used to throw three or four in and zap them for 10
mins. Perfect.

The moral is, don't give definitive statments without qualifying them
with important issues such as the size of the potato.

Small Maris Pipers, zapped for 10 mins, mashed dowd with a fork, bit
of camambert or pate (or both). The one thing I really miss not
haveing a MW anymore.

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Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking
Subject: Re: ::baked:: potato

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From: Tintin Herge 
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 12:25:55 +0200
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> Does anybody know how long  the potato needs to be cooked in a microwave
> oven?

I don't know about microwaving it but my microwave also has an oven [I
don't have a real oven :(  ] and bake it about 30-40 mins at 220C
depending on the size of the potatoes.

First I poke holes with a fork, oil the potatoe -with a brush- and
season with dry herbs, then wrap it with aluminum foil.  Pop in the
-warmed up- oven.  I usually cut it half way through and fill it up with
cottage cheese.  Sprinkle generously with fresh parsley and serve
immediately. 

Däne
Enschede, Holland.


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