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Old 12-03-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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How long to microwave a potato

I usually make baked potatoes in the oven, but I know they can come out just as well in the microwave. I am making a sort of twice baked potato tonight so I want to do the initial cooking the the micro and then the second cooking in the oven.

For how long do you usually put your potatoes in the microwave?

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Old 12-03-2008, 10:30 AM   #2
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I usually hit the potato button. I think its about 2 or 3 minutes a potato though.

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Old 12-03-2008, 10:38 AM   #3
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Depends.

On the size and type of the potato and how many you are cooking and how done you want them (I have some friends that won't eat them unless they are cooked for prbably twice the time they need.

I usually cook 2 med/large russets and it takes maybe 6 minutes.

With a microwave, just set it for a few minutes and test doneness. Keep zapping em for short periods of time until done to your liking.
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Thanks guys! Good thing I checked with you first because I was guessing 10ish minutes. I will start with a couple of minutes and test from there.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:46 AM   #5
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If you are cooking 2 or more, I'd start checking at 4 min.

It also depends on your microwave. We have an ancient one here at work that says to zap spuds for 12 min each. I think it may be powered by gerbils on a treadmill.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:48 AM   #6
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Every microwave is a little different, as are the size of the potato, so experiment a little with the time and check your potato by stabbing with a fork. When it goes in easily it is done.

Speaking of stabbing with a fork, do that before cooking a couple times which allows for steam to escape.

They also have potato 'nails' that you can poke through the length of the potato. Its not enough metal to cause problems for most microwaves, but it does speed up the cooking of the insides.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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I have used clean nails for cooking potatoes in the oven. I think the amount of time it would save in the micro would be negligible.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:59 AM   #8
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With a microwave, just set it for a few minutes and test doneness. Keep zapping em for short periods of time until done to your liking.
This. I also will flip them as I go.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:05 AM   #9
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I usually go for about 5mins for 1 potato and increase for more. It does depend on the size of the potato though. I did some the other day which were quite big and were still not done at 10 mins - this is an 850W microwave
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:10 AM   #10
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I have found that doing potatoes in the microwave for twice baked causes me problems. The microwave results in moister potatoes than oven baking. This has screwed me up with twice baked.

I find I need the drying effect of the oven to give me the dry potato I need. The skin is not rigid enough to hold the filling and sags, letting the filling run out.
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