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Old 05-21-2007, 01:00 AM   #21
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Oven if you've plenty of time and like a nice crunchy skin: Microwave if you're in a hurry. Start of with less time than you think you need ..then they won't shrivel! Add more time very carefully.
If doing in the oven, leave them wet after you've washed and pricked the skins.
Microwave...just prick the skins. If you don't prick them they'll explode!

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Old 05-21-2007, 09:00 AM   #22
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Unless I'm cooking something else in the oven that will also cook the potatoes, I usually do mine in the microwave.

I first make a lengthwise & crosswise piercing with a fork to not only release steam, but make it easy to split/push the potatoes open when done. The potatoes (2) are then placed on a plate (pierced-side down) & nuked on high for 7 minutes. They're then turned over & nuked for another 7 minutes. After that, they're removed from the oven, wrapped in a clean linen tea towel, & allowed to "rest" for 5 minutes. Perfect every time, with a nice chewy skin & fluffy interior.

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