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Cooking a Potato in the Microwave

Rather than the traditional oven baked potatoes, try cooking them in your microwave. Your microwave can cook potatoes much faster, saving you time and energy. This is a guide about cooking a potato in the microwave.


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June 24, 2010

I was talking to my son and he told me that a number of guys were sitting around sharing single guy cooking hints. The subject came around to baked potatoes. A police officer friend said. "I just wrap mine in saran wrap and hit the potato button." I wasn't aware that I had a potato button on my microwave. I tried it today and it is wonderful. 5 minutes for a huge baker.


Source: A man on the Houston Police Force and my son, the machinist.

By MartyD from Houston,TX

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March 22, 20150 found this helpful

I have never liked to use plastic in the microwave, or to microwave baked potatoes. I find them all tough or like rubber. When I find that if you poke holes and take wrap the Potatoes in a wet cloth it seem to keep it from it being rubbery. Try be you might like it.

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September 12, 2011

When I bake potatoes in the microwave, I coat them with Pam or other cooking spray. When they are done, they are easy to peel the skin off of or great to eat. I love to eat the whole potato so I do this all the time. It's much less messy than using oil.


By Cindy B. from Vaughan, MS

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September 12, 20110 found this helpful

I never peel potatoes, the skin is the best and healthiest part.

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November 11, 2013

Brown paper lunch size bags are great for baking potatoes in the microwave.

Scrub and rinse potato well. I always peel my potatoes, even though lots of people keep the potato skin on. I pierce the potato lots of times with a knife. I sometimes cube it while keeping it in one piece on the bottom.

I put the potato in the brown paper bag and squish the top of the bag closed. I microwave on high for five to seven minutes. Then leave the potato in the microwave for about a minute or two. I then feel of the softness level of the potato. If it is not soft and fluffy enough, I cook it another minute.

I take it out and mush it with a potato masher, put butter on it and microwave it for thrity seconds or so to melt the butter.

I noticed there are new cloth items available to bake potatoes with, but I have not tried them yet.

As an item of trivia, a long time ago, potato was spelled with an 'e', as in "potatoe". Now they are not spelled with an 'e'.

Potatoes are wonderful little power packed nutrient rich food! Here is some more info on why potatos are so good for you to eat.

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December 16, 20130 found this helpful

Thanks for that bit of information about "potato" being spelled with an "e" on the end. (many years ago.)

All these years I didn't know that. I know you add an "e" when making it plural.

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August 30, 2010

For a perfect potato, take a washed medium potato, peeled or not, and coat with a bit of olive oil and salt (both optional). Place in a ceramic bowl covered with wax paper, and cook in the microwave on maximum, for about 8 to 12 minutes. Turn halfway through.

If you need your potato cooked more quickly, cut the potato in half or onto four pieces. Time of cooking depends on the potato, your microwave, and your appetite.

By Jose from Paine

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June 24, 20100 found this helpful

I have a very simple tip for microwave, baked potatoes that I discovered quite by accident. Cut the ends off the potato before placing it in the microwave.

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March 22, 20100 found this helpful

When baking potatoes in your microwave; scrub, then rub them with a bit of oil or butter. Then place in a brown paper bag to microwave. You'll see how much better they turn out! By Marian

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