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Baked Potatoes~~ Do you eat the shell? Answered

This is just a general poll. There are no right or wrong answers. I'm just interested in your personal preferences.

When eating a Baked Potato... do you eat the shell?

Never?

Sometimes?

Always?

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suayres (author)2011-05-26

Oh, yes absolutely--with a bit of butter, they're wonderful. And I have a guilty secret: when a potato explodes in the oven, I'm in alt! I really love the resulting super-crispy skin. I haven't been able to figure out a way to recreate the effect without making a mess of the oven.

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bajablue (author)suayres2011-05-26

I've never seen (or heard of) a BP exploding in the oven.

I have a self-cleaning oven. What's the cooking time and temp?

lol... I will try just about anything once!

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suayres (author)bajablue2011-05-27

It doesn't happen very often--i suspect it has something to do with the age and/or the moisture content of the tatie. But when it does happen, you get a skin which is shatteringly crisp, with fluffy-crispy bits of potato flesh adhering here & there (including adhering to all the oven walls, lol). There's a new product on the market, "Pop Chips", which are potato crisps which have a asomewhat similar texture. They have some proprietary process that they say "pops" the potatoes. Weight Watchers is now selling a similar popped potato crisp.....

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Goodhart (author)2011-05-26

If I know it's been washed, YES always (not if the baked potato is a sweet potato or yam, just normal white, red, or blue tators)

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2011-05-26

The thing is, not only is it GOOD tasting, but most of the nutrients are right under the skin and if you take it off, you lose them. :-)

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NYnitwit (author)2011-05-26

Not as a general rule - my dogs LOVE them :)

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bajablue (author)NYnitwit2011-05-26

My dogs, too.

I usually eat my POTATO SKINS but hubby never does.

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NachoMahma (author)NYnitwit2011-05-26

. heehee Same here. I will sometimes eat them, but I usually give them to the dogs as a treat.

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Kiteman (author)2011-05-26

Er, if they have shells then they aren't potatoes, they're eggs, and I never eat the shell of an egg.

However, I do always eat the skin of a nice baked potato (a sprinkle of salt before you put them in the oven helps give a nice crispy texture).


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FoolishSage (author)2011-05-25

By shell I assume you mean the Potato. I rarely have baked potatoes but when I do the shell is fair game. What is the point of baking a potato if not to consume it? Otherwise you could just have put the filling in a bowl and not waste food. :P

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bajablue (author)FoolishSage2011-05-25

Yes, you assumed right! Thanks for replying!!!!

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iceng (author)bajablue2011-05-25

I always do, my wife never does.
What about the resident of the Potato State ?

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lemonie (author)2011-05-25


If it's been cooked nicely, yes.

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iceng (author)lemonie2011-05-26

Nicely = un-charred Idaho russet potatos thoroughly cooked for easy fork
separation readily accepting melted sweet butter and issuing a steamy
aroma of those flat Idaho plateau ridges from whence they came to my table.

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bajablue (author)iceng2011-05-26

Oh.... I live in Idaho... and you just made me really hungry for a BP! ;-D

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iceng (author)bajablue2011-05-26
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lemonie (author)iceng2011-05-26


I don't think I can get those, but in looking.....>
lovepotatoes.co.uk

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jessyratfink (author)2011-05-26

You bet I do! Even when cooked in the microwave. :P

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bajablue (author)jessyratfink2011-05-26

Me, too! I'm contemplating a BP dish. I think I'll go for it!!!

Thanks to EVERYONE!!!!!

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