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How Long Should I Microwave 4 Russet Potatoes That Are Shrink Wrapped?

Feb 23, 2017
Q: How long should I microwave 4 russet potatoes that are shrink wrapped?
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How Do I Cook A Large Quantity Of Baked Potatoes In A Commercial Convection Oven?

Nov 1, 2016
Q: I will be using a commercial convection oven to bake 70 potatoes wrapped in foil.  Can you advise me on the length of time and what temperature to set the oven on?  I know that it will take less time but do not know what temperature to set the oven?
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When Cooking Ten Pounds Of Baked Potatoes How Long Can I Store Them In The Refrigerator?

Sep 22, 2016
Q: My husband and I are eating about a pound of baked potatoes a day. With it being summer time I usually cook up about 10 lbs at a time and then keep them in the refrigerator. After cooking them in the oven (without foil as I've read on some of your other posts) and cooling them to room temp, does wrapping them in foil to put in the fridge keep them for any longer or should we just put in the fridge? Also how long will they keep for in the fridge either wrapped or unwrapped?
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What Is The Best Potato To Use For A Rosin Baked Potato?

Aug 15, 2016
Q: What is the best potato to use for a rosin baked potato?
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What Causes Soggy Baked Potatoes?

Aug 4, 2016
Q: We spend summers in Washington State and winters in Arizona. Why are all of the potatoes baked in Washington soggy, not fluffy as the ones I bake in Arizona? I have tried russets from about every market source in Washington and the result is always the same - soggy, even if slightly under baked.
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Keeping Potatoes Warm For An Extend Period Of Time For A Large Group

Oct 23, 2015
Q: I will be serving a baked potato bar for my son's graduation (150-200 people). I planned on cutting in half, applying olive oil and then cooking for about 30 min. At that point I need to keep the potatoes warm. I was thinking either a preheated insulated cooler or roaster. Which do you think will work best? They will need to stay warm for approx. 5 hours. Thanks so much for your help!
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Cooking For Large Groups

Oct 8, 2015
Q: I read your article about cooking large quantities of baked potatoes and putting them in a cooler to keep them hot. We do a fish dinner every year during Lent and cook about 250 potatoes a week for 6 weeks. Do you have any data on how long it takes for the baked potatoes to reach 185 degrees F? We wrap (I know, I know) the potatoes and put about 30 -35 potatoes on a full size sheet pan. We put in two racks per oven. Normally we set the commercial gas oven to 500 degrees F. Is it better to cook them at 400 degrees F?
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Blooming Idaho® Potato

Jul 7, 2015
Q: I own a restaurant in Vermont and we serve Idaho Spuds, after searching your website, I saw a Knife/potato bloomer that cuts small holes end to end and side to side on baked potatoes, where can I find one of these?
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Baking Potatoes for a Large Group

Apr 27, 2015
Q: We are having an event where we will be serving baked potatoes.  I will be cooking 30-40 medium to large Idaho potatoes in our oven.  We have two ovens - one with two racks, the other with one.  I typically wash the potatoes, poke them a few times, and place them right on the rack at about 400°F for 60 minutes.  Considering the number of potatoes and their size I have a few questions below:  (Answers are in red) What temperature do you suggest I use to cook them?
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Baking Potatoes for a Large Group

Apr 27, 2015
Q: Our church is planning a potato bar to be served after our Ash Wednesday service. We are planning for 150 to 200 people. We do not have a commercial grade oven so we were wondering if we could put them in roasters. Would this work? Should they be wrapped in aluminum foil? How long would they need to be in roasters?
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