Monday, July 5, 2010

Baked Potato Bag

Do you have trouble making a really good baked potato in your microwave? Boy I use to, until my mom told me about these baked potato bags.

My mom received one of these bags from her granddaughter, Jennifer, last year and was just going on about how good your potato comes out. Well, I don't know about all of you but when I try to make a potato in the microwave it either comes out all shrivel up or still hard in the middle. So when I got home from her house, I did a "google" search and found all kinds of ideas on these bags. I must say though, that after reading what some people had to say, I was also scared to try these in the microwave too! I guess if you don't use the right kind of fabric/batting, they can start a fire or scorch! Hmm....

Well as you can see I decided to give it a go and hope my husband didn't kill me for messing up the microwave.
YOU MUST USE 100% COTTON FABRIC, COTTON BATTING and COTTON FLANNEL. This is very important in making these bags. They also suggested that you only use them in microwaves that have a turntables too.
You can make sweet potatoes, corn on the cob. You can reheat biscuits, rolls, tortillas, sweet rolls, etc.
To make your potatoes: wash the potato and dry with a paper towel, wrap the potato in the damp paper towel you just used. DO NOT POKE HOLES IN THE POTATO. Pop into the bag and put in microwave. Bake for 4 to 8 minutes, depends on the size of your potato, checking every 2 minutes and turning the bag over every 2 minutes, until you squeeze it and feel it give some. I let mine sit in the bag for 2 minutes after removing from the microwave. DO NOT use the bag over and over to cook many potatoes. The bag may overheat and scorch or start a fire. Heat it only ONCE, then let cool COMPLETELY before using again. Wash the bag if soiled, dry before using. Do not use fabric softener.
Here is where I found the directions for making my baked potato bags:
Now I've made my bags two different ways, one with the cotton batting and one with cotton flannel fabric. The two that I made with cotton batting I gave to my daughter to have. Than I looked at my mom's and the one she had didn't have any cotton batting in the middle, her's just had cotton flannel fabric on the inside and cotton fabric on the outside, so that is what I did with the ones in the pictures.

You can make these bags to any size you would like, the one's in the pictures are small, just right for one potato for a single person. I cut the material at 9" x 16".

I must say that the ones we had last night for supper were very good! Of course, that was after I put about 1/4 stick of butter and some sour cream on mine!!

To see a video on how to use one of these bags go to this link and scroll down:

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Chanda Stehlik said...

Mary, these are adorable! What a super idea! So cute and practical!

Laurie said...

What a great idea! Love your blog :)

jimlynn said...

Wonderful! And yes, you kinda have to be careful. I made a couple last year and they work wonderful though.

Chanda Stehlik said...

I'm one of the friends who received on of these gems and I LOVE It! Thank you so much, Mary! I'm ashamed to say that it was set aside and forgotten for the longest time. (Cringing) The other night, I needed to make a quick dinner and we needed some potatoes and I thought...ugh! I have to poke holes, put them on a microwaveable plate, cover with a glass bowl that gets HOTTTTTTER than heck, worry about breaking the glass bowl when I lift it with pot holders, blah blah blah! Then I remembered my wonderful friend Mary gave me the potato bags! I used them as suggested and they came out so wonderful! They were perfectly moist and tasted awesome! Thank you so much for giving me one of these, my friend!