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This is a low-maintenance way to microwave a potato. No plastic wrap needed!
 
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Step 1: What you need.

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-Potato
-Bowl
-Water
-Microwave
-Fork

*Sour cream and butter optional ;)

Step 2: Preparation.

Always clean your vegetables before cooking or eating! A small brush and some water should do the trick with a potato. If the potato has any eyes that are sprouting, make sure to cut those out as well as any "bad" spots on the skin.

Use your fork to poke holes all over the potato. As deep as possible, but not all the way through.

Fill the bowl 1/2 way with water.

Set the potato slowly into the bowl. The water should cover at least 1/2 of the potato.

Step 3: Cooking.

Put the bowl in your microwave.

Your microwave may have a "baked potato" setting like ours and if so, set it to bake 1 potato. It should start cooking with about 5-7 mins on the timer.

When the timer goes off, turn the potato over and restart the microwave on the same setting.

Once that cycle is done, pull the bowl out of the microwave and poke it with your fork. If the fork is easily pushed to the center, then it's done. But if you have to push hard on the fork to get to the center, the potato needs a few more minutes.

The last pic is what your fork should look like if the potato is done.

Step 4: Eating.

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When your potato is done, pull the bowl out of the microwave and put it on a plate. Cut the potato in 1/2 and smash down on the opposite sides. Then add your favorite toppings!

Viola!
When you microwave a potato, they loose a lot of water through steam and can become hard quickly. I sometimes microwave potatoes on a lower setting. It takes longer but healthier. The fast way I do something similar but microwave a bunch for various projects.....potato salad and I don't want to steam heat up the whole house and kitchen..Then when just about done (NO Plastic wrap needed)
I cut in half and lye them cut side down in water with milk mixture. All milk if I am making a higher protein food for a picky eater. Then when they come out, I turn over and mash. There is no liquid left when you serve the halves or mash them..When I mash, I add a pinch of seasonings and then top with just a very little butter. On rare occasions we will use no fat sour cream....Really good meal just by itself without a bunch of other foods. Though we do usually have some salad greens with it...
piks5 years ago
Why would you want a wet baked potato?
hahahah! the mans got a point
Nachoman piks5 years ago
The potato is very hot, so any water clinging to it will evaporate in seconds. So, where's the wet potato?
thickneckarts (author)  piks5 years ago
To each their own I suppose.
lemonie5 years ago
I've not seen this method before, interesting post. At the weekend I did buy a potato which must have been in the heat for hours - really thick brown crunchy skin, mmmm. I once didn't pierce a microwave potato until it was cooked - it exploded hot starch in my face... L