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Thread: Potato Bags are just not worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I made a lot of the soup bowl pads. We never heat a serving of food for more then 2 min. so the bowls pads work great. I never leave the microwave unattended when using. The only thing I've ever had start a fire was a paper bag. DD was making her own microwave popcorn using a brown paper bag.
    Do you know why the brown bag with the popcorn caught fire? Had she tried it before or was it the first time she tried it? Did she use any oil? I'm asking because I recently read about using the paper bag for popcorn and I sure would like to avoid a fire in my microwave

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    I am so glad to read this thread. I have a kit a friend gave me and now I will not bother with it and just repurpose the fabric. Thanks to everyone who responded.

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    I wrap mine tight in saran wrap poke a couple of holes and NUKe it. warm and moist.., love it this way
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    I believe in the LWP(least work philosophy) no potato bags and no nylon net scrubbies. I use the plastic onion bags which are recycled, if I'm having a good week I cut off the staple. Yes, most of the time the staple is still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suern3 View Post
    Do you know why the brown bag with the popcorn caught fire? Had she tried it before or was it the first time she tried it? Did she use any oil? I'm asking because I recently read about using the paper bag for popcorn and I sure would like to avoid a fire in my microwave
    A couple of years ago, I popped 10 gallons of popcorn in the plain brown paper bags, took all afternoon, no fire. Just put 1/4 cup kernels in a bag, folded the top shut, and nuked them, listened for the popping to slow down.. Dumped out the popped corn into a popcorn can, and repeated until I had 2 cans full. No oil, no seasoning. We wanted to make enough for a children's activity to make chains to decorate Christmas trees. Nothing burned at all. I even collected the old maids and repopped them, about half did pop. Worked very well, and trees were charming.
    I scrub my potatoes well, stab them in a couple of places, toss em in the microwave, nuke them until soft.
    But for baked potato nirvana, scrub well, rub with oil, then with sea salt, leaving potato well covered with salt, bake at 450 until soft. Roll each between hands salt protected with hot pads, then squeeze to break skin. DO NOT use a knife, it will crush the flesh. Top with salt and pepper, sour cream and chopped chives. Often, this is our whole supper. with a salad and hot rolls.
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    Interesting, I have a potato bag that I have used for 6 years without any problems.. It actually has a polyester batting in it. Go figure. I make them with 100% cotton and warm tater batting. They are great for warming rolls and cooking corn on the cob too. I have made 10 or 12 and no one has had any problem.
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    Glad to know all of this. I just received one as a gift but don't know if I'll use it now. The fabric is so pretty I might just use it as a decor item in my kitchen.

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    I agree with Iraxy. We cook potatoes (with fork holes poked in them) in our microwave on a plate with paper towel over them, and they are DELICIOUS...no bag needed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Iraxy View Post
    Wow, glad to hear this news. Actually, I roll a potato in a very wet paper towel after I poke some holes in it and zap it for 7-10 minutes depending on the size of the potato. It is perfect, fluffy, and delicious. Yum, could eat one right now!

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    I bought one 4 years ago. the bag was made with flannel for the batting. wash patato don,t poke it put it in microwave for three minutes or so and let it set a few minutes and cut a slit in protato and squash it and it fluffs. My ggs loves his and has been using the same one for about 5 years. You can tell a difference when its cooked in bag. bignan

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    A good laugh picturing the dog taking off with it was my first reaction then I thought: wonder if there was a pin in the bag. Give me a damp paper towel or even just the naked potato. =sandrab64;4784515]I did use the Warm Tater batting as recommended which came in the kit. The dog took off with it so now I'll have to hunt down the 'smoking gun'! Oh well...nobody hurt and nothing major ruined![/QUOTE]
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    I used the Potatoe Bag batting to make a casserole cover & it help things stay warm with NO SMOKE!!

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    To me potato bags are messy to say the least. And as for washing them after they have been used, I can't afford to wash a potato bag and $1.00 a load for washing and $1.00 a load for drying. Save the space for necessaries.
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    My personal opinion...potato bags are stupid...as for the microwave bowls,I didnt know they went in the microwave,,,I have made them for years before they even"came out" but I just use them to hold the hot bowl when you eat,they never go in the microwave.

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    That would be my idea as well. A potato keeps cooking after you take it out of the microwave for awhile. My mom cooked them for the recommended time then wrapped them in foil and let set for a few minutes before serving. They were just like ones cooked in the oven. I think the potato bag would work to keep them warm and finish cooking just like the foil did.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L View Post
    Well, I must be misinformed as I thought the purpose of the potato bags were to keep the potatoes warm while serving at the dinner table. I just poke a hole in each potato and set them in a bowl with a little bit of water to cook them in the microwave. Then...I would place them in the bag...if I had one, lol!

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    Me too Jacquie. Used to roll taters in paper towels, tater bag is so much easier. I too never use the tater button. Depending on size, I cook full power 3-5 minutes, rotate taters in the bag, and cook again til almost soft. Then remove from microwave and let them stay in bag until time to eat.
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    Glad I read this before I got around to making them as gifts. After reading the directions, I washed the baking potatoes, wrapped in 1/2 paper towel, wrapped Warm and Natural batting around it and microwaved until it was done, about 10-15 minutes at 5 minute intervals rotating them.
    They turned out fine but I like them better with crispy skins from the oven. That said, I really was going to make some bags for gifts but will hold off for now. The Warm and Natural batting seems to be fine and I just let it air out after use.

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    I poke holes in my tater and put it in a ziplock back and nook it. It makes the tater taste like a "new" one, fresh out of the patch!
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    I have used the potato bag someone gave me for several years with no problem...and have made some for others and never heard of problems with them. Maybe the batting makes the difference? I used Quilter's Dream Cotton...the Request weight.

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    I have made hundreds of these bags with polyester batting and have never heard of them burning up. I use mine for tortilla, potatoes but I only cook 4 medium potatoes for 10 minutes. They are absolutely the best. I have used warm tater also and really like that. Sorry for the accidents that have happened.

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    If the microwave bowls go in the microwave you don't have to worry about burning your fingers when taking the hot bowl out.

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    I like the way my potatoes turn out in my bag much better then wrapping them in plastic wrap or cooking in a bowl with a little water. The first time I made them, I cooked them too long and I "toasted" my bag a little. Now I use the potato setting on my micro for the number of potatoes I'm cooking (only 1 - 3 taters) and they turn out perfect. I don't like to use the oven for only a couple of potatoes. Baking is still my favorite method if I'm cooking for more than me and my hubby. Maybe part of the problem is overcooking and the potatoes heat the material too much. I like the idea of using cotton kitchen towels instead of batting. I think I will use that for the next ones I make.
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    Rose I am so glad you posted what the potato bags are really used for. I think it should cut down on the kitchen fires. LOL

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    I am 76 years old and for the life of me I cannot understand why we have to have a special bag for baking potatoes. Was there a problem with the 'good old way'? Scrub the potato..Prick with a fork..Nuke for the required time. Voila!!! Baked potatoes. Same way with corn. You remember the old saying...if it ain't broke don't fix it. If you have extra time and material make a Linus quilt or chemo caps or lap quilt for a local nursing home. Thanks for letting me vent.

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    I never liked them. I use a paper towel.
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    I have made several of these Tater bags using the special Warm Tater Batting and have had no problems with them. I like cooking corn on the cob in them and heating up tortillas with them. I have given several as gifts with no problems reported. My sister had made one for my Dad several years ago and she used regular batting not knowing about having to use the tater batting and the bag caught on fire in the microwave. So you have to use the special batting because it contains no chemicals which catch on fire in the micro.

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