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Thread: potato bags

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    Senior Member minnow895's Avatar
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    there was a post on here about potato bags catching fire aven with useing all cotten i tried it before washing the material it happened than i washed my material before making it and after sewing it the potato bag did not catch fire i think ti has to do with the chemicals they use when they make the material

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    I know I'm going to feel stupid here, but what on earth is a potato bag? Surely you people aren't making quilted bags in which to store your potatoes?

    And why would a bag of potatoes catch on fire anyway? I probably don't want to know, do I.

    *succumbs to the urge to check my potato bin for flames*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marquilt
    I know I'm going to feel stupid here, but what on earth is a potato bag? Surely you people aren't making quilted bags in which to store your potatoes?

    And why would a bag of potatoes catch on fire anyway? I probably don't want to know, do I.

    *succumbs to the urge to check my potato bin for flames*
    LOL! I haven't made one, but I believe it's a quilted bag that you put a potato in and microwave it to make baked potatoes.

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    potato bags are for micro waving potatoes they come out alot better in the bags and yes we quilt them

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    I haven't tried them yet but I bought the warm tater batting made just for them. Also I like your idea about washing the fabric first. It could definetly be the cause of the fire some had.

    Quote Originally Posted by minnow895
    there was a post on here about potato bags catching fire aven with useing all cotten i tried it before washing the material it happened than i washed my material before making it and after sewing it the potato bag did not catch fire i think ti has to do with the chemicals they use when they make the material

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    It just has to be 100% cotton batting. Very imp.

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    hmmm...when I bake/nuke a potato, I just stick a knife in the thing a bunch of times and put it naked on a plate and push the button. Works for me. LOL

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    I've never heard of such a thing. Guess I learned something new today.

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    I make potatoe bags and yes they are used to make baked potatoes in the microwave... I personally havent had any problems of them catching on fire, I beleave washing the fabric is a very good idea, I always wash my fabric before I make a bag. I beleave allso that if a bag catches on fire it may be due to the microwave voltage, some cooks at a higher heat then others.
    Just my personal opionion.
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    Goodness. I'm still cooking my potatoes naked! Guess I better learn more about these bags!

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    In what way do the bags make the potatoes better?

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    when my sil and I go on our shop hop this weekend I'm going to get the corn material and make a couple of corn bags. We're gong to make them for Christmas

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    From what I read different places & saw on a video is because you are not suppose to poke the potato. You wash them (don't dry) wrap in paper towel ( some say wet paper towel)& put in the bag. Well the moisture stays inside the potato making it fluffier. I'm going to make some & check them out.

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    In what way do the bags make the potatoes better?

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    There is a batting made especially for these bags, that has no chemicals used in its preparation and it had no edge that may have been part of the problem. It is 100% cotton. I think it's called Warm Tatar?

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    I never heard of potato bags until I got here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnow895
    there was a post on here about potato bags catching fire aven with useing all cotten i tried it before washing the material it happened than i washed my material before making it and after sewing it the potato bag did not catch fire i think ti has to do with the chemicals they use when they make the material
    I have never made a potato bag but can't help but wonder: don't they get soggy inside as the potato cooks? When I nuke a potato, i cut a slit in it with a knife, then slip it inside a ziplock sandwich bag. Seal it all the way across except the last inch. These are absolutely wonderful-so tender and moist.

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    I asked my LQS owner,she say's why some catch fire is because of the microwave oven.Some don't have enough air vintalation,sorry about spelling.The hot air must exit out the back.

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    They are more steamed than baked. kinda like the ones you would get in a restaurant-wrapprd in foil. when you poke and bake them "naked" either in the microwave or oven they bake and become a bit drier as the steam escapes. you pke them to keep them from exploding in your oven. doesn't happen often but when it does......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karyn
    I have never made a potato bag but can't help but wonder: don't they get soggy inside as the potato cooks? When I nuke a potato, i cut a slit in it with a knife, then slip it inside a ziplock sandwich bag. Seal it all the way across except the last inch. These are absolutely wonderful-so tender and moist.
    Great idea! I will have to try this!

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    Thanks for all the responses,Problem was this was not a new bag, have used it lots of times and the microwave is not new, Hope my microwave isn't causing the problem. To go along with this problem. if you are recharging batteries and it says do not leave unattended please pay attention. my son was recharging some batteries earlier this week and it caused a house fire. Caught early enough so mainly smoke and water damage. He was very lucky. Sharon in okc

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    Thanks for all the responses,Problem was this was not a new bag, have used it lots of times and the microwave is not new, Hope my microwave isn't causing the problem. To go along with this problem. if you are recharging batteries and it says do not leave unattended please pay attention. my son was recharging some batteries earlier this week and it caused a house fire. Caught early enough so mainly smoke and water damage. He was very lucky. Sharon in okc

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    I make adult bibs to sell and am curious to know how thick this 100% cotton batting is. Is it equivalent to warm & natural cotton batting sold for quilts or thicker. It is only available online where I live and I hesitate to by 40 yds. if I can't use it for this purpose. Thank-you for any feedback.

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