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.
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
I am jealous because I only have a popcorn or beverage button and have to program the time otherwise. ;-)
It's recommended 'not' to place plastic wraps directly on food when microwaving. I do the fork or knife pokes, dampen the skin and then cover with a microwave food cover to help hold the moisture in. (The covers only cost a couple of dollars and hold up for months and months.)
I have been doing this for years. As my microwave is very old, I prick the top of the potato with a fork, place it/them on paper napkins and set it for 7 minutes.
This is how I bake a quick potato. I also top it with a little butter and then a healthy portion of cottage cheese. I get my carbs and protein and it tastes great!
I never use plastic wrap of any kind in the microwave as it "plastic" breaks down under the heat and goes into our food. Also plastic containers which are deemed "safe" for the microwave, cute packages for steamed veggies etc. Unless you want to feed these toxins to your family, use corning ware, or dishes safe for the microwave. I use wax paper to cover food if needed.
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.
Brown paper lunch size bags are great for baking potatoes in the microwave.
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