Potato baker bags help you make perfect baked potatoes in your microwave. With some cotton fabrics and a bit of sewing skills, making your own bag is easy and fun. This is a guide about making a potato baker bag.
Use this "envelope" to microwave your potatoes! This is a craft a child can do if they are able to hand stitch the two sides.
Approximate Time: 30 Minutes
This "envelope" is large enough to warm tortilla shells.
By Tedebear from San Jose, CA
CAUTION! Using quilted material may cause a fire in your microwave because it has polyester in the material. A friend has been making lots of "potato bags" for several years. When she first started she made one with polyester filling. The first time she made a "potato' in the microwave the polyester caught fire. Fortunately it didn't do any damage. She investigated more and found that 100% cotton material filling works best and doesn't catch fire easily (it can catch fire if you don't let the bag cool between uses). Just a word of caution for this homemade craft project.
I dont understand the point of making something that would need laundering after use, isn't a microwave container good enough, or just a plate?
These have become quite trendy. Fabrics with potatoes on etc. to make them with and cotton quilt lining identified as used for this craft. You shouldn't need to wash after use as there isn't supposed to be anything happening except the moisture of the potato kept in to help cook it nicely. Also being made now for Corn on the cob. Faster than boiling, and doesn't dry out as can happen in the micro at times. Sort of a fun new thing. Certainly nothing to lose sleep over or get concerned about.
I have been making microwave bags for a few years now and want to add my 2-cents-worth, these are great to make and wonderful to use. They help to cook the potato evenly without piercing and obviously save on running the oven for one potato. They also can be used for other foods like corn and tortillas.
The caution would be to use all cotton materials because of the potential for a fire hazard. That means your batting should be 100% cotton or bamboo (which is much more expensive) and so should your fabric. The potato will get warm enough to burn a whole into polyester so the last caution would be to stay nearby when you are cooking as you do for any other cooking activity.
I wanted to upload a picture of some that I make, but I couldn't find one!
In addition to using a microfiber dusting mitt, be sure to wet the mitt and wring the excess water, out before microwaving your potato. This gives a more complete cooking and the potato will be fluffy.
By Joanie78 from Cicero, IN
No one has put how to make one. It just says it is fun using bits to make one. I need instructions on how to make and best materials to use.
I went to www.youtube.com and typed in potato baker bag and there is a "how to" video. I made one and it worked beautifully.