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My Copy Cat Potato Express

Potato Express is an As-Seen-on-TV product that helps cook potatoes in the microwave fast and with a nice texture. It is a red pouch that holds moisture in as the potato cooks in the skin with no piercing. This gadget has gotten mixed reviews, with most people either loving or hating it. I love mine and haven't had any of the difficulties that some people have mentioned.

Here are some reasons I like using the Potato Express instead of another method of microwaving potatoes:

1) I don't need a potholder to take the hot potatoes out of the oven.

2) The pouch helps keep the potatoes warm for a while if I am not ready to use them.

3) It cooks faster than some other microwave methods I have tried.

4) The texture is consistently perfect.

5) Depending on the kind of potato used, the peel comes off easier than other methods.

6) It can be used several times before washing, and then it goes in the clothes washer.

7) It is attractive and does not take up much room in the kitchen.

After buying one Potato Express and seeing how well it works for me, I did of course want another for my vacation home. Before buying a second one, however, I decided to try making one from fabric scraps that I had on hand. I designed mine a little differently, using a drawstring for closure instead of a flap and I used a ribbed microfiber terry washcloth for inside padding. It worked!

SAFETY NOTE: If you decide to try this at home, do be sure the fabrics you use will resist catching fire and that your design allows you to pull the hot potatoes out of the oven without causing a steam burn.

Image Credit » I took this photo with my Samsung Note3 Smart Phone.

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Scorpie wrote on August 2, 2014, 10:56 AM

I must be living under a rock as I have never heard of this.

JanetJenson wrote on August 2, 2014, 12:38 PM

Living under a rock is something I can really relate to. I first saw it at Ace Hardware.

Scorpie wrote on August 2, 2014, 12:41 PM

How about just puttin the potato in a sock? emoticon :tongue:

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:13 PM

I had never heard of this. We aren't supposed to eat potatoes anymore, so I don't bake them much anymore. I usually don't like to microwave them because we like crisp skins when we do back them.

JanetJenson wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:42 PM

As long as the sock is clean and flame resistant, that should work fine. Just be careful against steam burns. Someone else suggested using an oven mitt.

JanetJenson wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:46 PM

I usually do not eat potato skins because of the alleged toxicity barbrad . I love mashed potatoes best, probably because I'm a gravy nut.

Scorpie wrote on August 2, 2014, 3:03 PM

Wait stop hold it. You don't eat the skins but you eat gravy?

JanetJenson wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:07 PM

Scorpie I realize that may sound like a contradiction *smile*

One of the toxic substances in or near potato skins is solanine. Solanine is the reason that people used to think that tomato leaves were toxic, but actually the alkaloid in tomato greens is tomatine, not solanine. Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison that damages the nerves and impairs the membrane potential of the potassium channels of our mitochondria. When it is concentrated in a potato, the potato often turns green right under the skin. The color comes from chlorophyll, not from the glycoalkaloids, but it is an indicator that the toxins are present. This is why we cut the eyes out of potatoes. The skin itself, like the skin of many fruits and vegetables, is nutritious, but for the plant it serves as an insecticide and germicide, and as a collector for toxins. That is why I peel everything.

Gravy is not toxic, at least not in my vocabulary. The food police tell us it is "bad" for us, but maybe they make theirs differently than I do. Of course there is a big difference between home made gravy and the stuff people pour out of cans.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 3, 2014, 11:18 AM

I've never heard of this gadget, either. I'm interested, though! Maybe you'll post your design sometime, so others can try making your version of it too :)

JanetJenson wrote on August 14, 2014, 12:11 AM

The last one I made is just a microfiber pouch sewn inside a denim pouch with a draw string around the end. When I get around to it I will do a how-to on my blog Ruby3881