When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.
In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)
I'm not sure how a potato can be "fresher". They're picked once a year and stored in bunkers. Unless things have changed drastically in the years since I worked the potato fields in SE Idaho.
I guess they could be "hot house" potatoes...grown indoors under climate and light controlled conditions?
I could be using the wrong terminology. The "special" potatoes always seem to be consistant in size and texture when at the same time the "regular" potatoes might be much smaller and/or have soft spots.
Potatoes, in particular the russet potatoes that Idaho is famous for, end up varying a great deal in size. The "baked potato" setting on many microwaves would be for a specific size. So, maybe they're the ones that are that meet that *standard*?
I'm betting that the "special potatoes" that hobish is talking about are the ones that are individually wrapped in plastic.
They are the standard russet baking potatoes and, if you look at the basket in the store, they are all pretty much the same size. This is a "must" for these special potatoes because the cooking instructions on the plastic wrap says "Microwave for 7-8 minutes." They are all medium-sized, perfect for an individual serving.
The potatoes are clean, no need to wash. Simply pop the wrapped potato in the microwave. Seven minutes later, there's a wonderfully steamed baked potato.
The ones at my grocery store are 68 cents each. I have two of them on my counter.
Yes. Any potato can be "baked" in a microwave.
The pre-wrapped "special potatoes" are so convenient for a one person quick meal (I usually steam some veggies at the same time) and they seem to last longer (storage-wise) because they are sealed.
I love my "special potatoes!"
hobish -- If I'm right about your special potatoes being the individually wrapped kind, please don't be embarrassed about buying them! Otherwise I'll need to go into a corner somewhere and hide because I buy them often!