The microwave oven not only makes cooking faster but more convenient too.Microwaving potato makes few dirty dishes and also shortens cooking time for any recipe that calls for boiled potatoes.This is great for the busy mom who needs to get dinner ready quick. It is also great for those hot summer months when you don't want to turn on your oven or stove. Cooking them in the microwave is just a faster and cooler way to cook the potatoes.
How to Steam Or Boil Or Cook A Potato In Microwave
Microwave safe bowl & cup
1) Wash the potato under running water by rubbing it with your hands to remove any dirt.
2) Puncture a few times with a fork/knife.(This is important, as it allows the steam to escape. Otherwise the potato may explode when you cook it.)
3) Place potato on microwave-safe dish along with a microwave safe cup full of water ( water helps prevents the wrinkling of the skin).
4) Cook on high for 4-5 minutes for the first potato, plus 2-3 minutes for each additional potato.
5) Turn over potatoes halfway through cooking.
6) When done, remove the potato from microwave, the skin should peel off pretty easily, but be careful — it’s gonna be one hot potato.
More KITCHEN TIPS
1) You can also chop potato into pieces. Submerg in water in a microwave safe bowl.Add 1 tsp. vegetable oil to help keep the potatoes from boiling over while cooking. Do not cover.Microwave for 6 minutes..... stir and check with a fork (if the fork goes in easy its done) if not try for 3-4 minutes more.
2) Don’t peel the potato until after you’ve microwaved it. If you do, the whole potato gets a tough exterior shell that’s almost impossible to remove.
3) Most nutrients are preserved when potatoes are cooked and eaten with the skin on. If peeling, use a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife and keep the peeling very thin, since many of the nutrients are found close to the skin.
4) Do not freeze cooked potatoes at home as they become watery upon reheating. The potato is 80 percent water; and when frozen, this water separates from the starch and nutrients.
5) Potatoes are rich in vitamin B, fiber, minerals, as much protein as a half a glass of milk, nearly half the daily requirement of vitamin C, and not to mention its recent rating as the #1 food source of potassium, potatoes are the most complete vegetable in your produce section---and for your belly. Also, don’t forget what potatoes don’t have in them. They have no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol!
6)Times below are for an 8-ounce potato cooking in a 1000 watt oven:
1 potato: 5 minutes
2 potatoes: 7-8 minutes
4 potatoes: 13-15 minutes