The Best Way To Microwave a Baked Potato And Saving The Planet One Baggie At A Time

Microwave Potato Bag

January 6, 2012   22 Comments

Today, Snack Girl is going to feature bags. No, not Prada or Coach - but bags that will support your healthy eating goals and keep your credit card debt manageable.

The first BAG that I am in love with is a Microwave Potato Bag that I found on Etsy.com.

This bag makes a perfectly cooked baked potato in your microwave by holding in the heat so that the potato steams. My friend, Clare, showed me one of these at a local craft fair and I had to try it.

The bag ensures that the potato skin doesn't dry out when you cook it. You wrap the potato in a damp paper towel (without pricking or oiling them) and cook it in the bag. This technique results in a perfect potato in a fraction of the time it takes you to bake it! You can also cook carrots and sweet potatoes.

The only place I have found them is on Etsy.com (or a local craft fair). If you like potatoes, which in my opinion are a healthy comfort food, give this a try.

againbag

One of the most important ways to eat healthy is to bring food with you. If you count on convenience stores and fast food venues, your diet will be filled with junk.

Jennifer Scala, mother of 2, did the right thing and sent her children to school with a homemade lunch. BUT, she didn't like using all those Ziplocs and Baggies so she started her own company.

She has created Againbags - http://www.againbags.com/ - because you can use her laundry safe, lead, BPA, and phthalate free bags AGAIN and AGAIN. Cool, no?

These bags are super cute, easy to use, and can be washed in your dishwasher or clothes washer.

They range in size and my favorite is the "wrap" because if my sandwich doesn't fit in a bag - I just wrap it like I was using aluminum foil. A wrap goes for $8.95 and a medium bag is $6.95. Think of all those baggies you will keep out of landfills!

Check out her products at Againbags - http://www.againbags.com/.

This product was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.


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First 20 Comments: [ see all 22 ]

Neat idea. Why didn't I think of that one? Againbags.com didn't work for me. Is there another website that has the info.? Thanks!

on January 6, 2012

I did a search and got this link to work:
http://www.againbags.com/Default.asp

on January 6, 2012

@Susan and @ShalomSeeker - thanks! I just fixed the post above - I am not sure what went wrong - but THIS is the correct link: http://www.againbags.com/

on January 6, 2012

I love the potato bag idea! I will have to try those.

I have a friend who makes reusable bags and even different sized bags in lieu of wrapping paper, and an assortment of items, including dolls and clothing. She's on Facebook under Fabric Blooms and also has an etsy shop.

on January 6, 2012

my mom makes those potato bags and sells them at craft fairs! we use them a lot! and they come out perfect every time!!!!

on January 6, 2012

Love this baggie we are now on our third baggie, sweet potatoes thurn out well

on January 6, 2012

Oh man! I'm just learning to sew on a machine and those look like a cinch to whip up! Why didn't I think of that?

on January 6, 2012

I am concerned about microwaving the velcro. Do you know for sure that it is BPA free?

on January 6, 2012

Vicki: the potato bags do not have velcro on them, so you don't have to worry.
My mom bought me some potato bags for Christmas awhile back and I love them. I can "bake" 4 potatoes in 8 minutes and they come out nice and moist!

on January 6, 2012

@Vicki - there is no velcro used in the microwave potato bag - the snack bag is not to be used in the microwave.
Thanks for your question!

on January 6, 2012

For those of you who sew (even a little), there are dozens of tutorials online for making these. Just be sure to use 100% cotton!

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/5585/baking-potato-bag

on January 6, 2012

BEWARE those potato bags! I bought one at a craft show and it caught fire in the microwave. Don't know why - maybe it was the batting in the bag or something. And the bag was not in the oven too long - it just caught fire!

on January 6, 2012

These bags sound great! I love your website and have been reading it faithfully for several months now. On a totally unrelated subject, have you ever told us how to make home made cream of mushroom soup? I can't find a recipe anywhere. Thanks!

on January 6, 2012

@Amy: The reason your bag caught fire is because either the outside fabric or the inside batting was not 100% cotton. This is a non-negotiable! Even a whiff of poly and you'll have a fire on your hands. (I'm not sure how you can be positive what you're buying at craft fairs or from online crafters -- I guess if they know what they're doing they'll post it somehow. Very few crafters label their fabric content.)

on January 6, 2012

I found them on eBay and the seller said in the listing that they were made of cotton, including the thread. I just bought 3 of them! Thanks for the idea!!

on January 6, 2012

If they have a lot of batting in them like mine do, the potato bags also can make a great hot pad that your hand can go into, too, when grabbing things out of the oven! Great dual use, I've found. :)

on January 6, 2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thanks so much for showcasing these! What a splendid idea!

on January 8, 2012

Wouldn't wrapping it in a clean 100% cotton cloth napkin work too? Seems like you could save money that way, nothing new to clutter the kitchen with that way either.

on January 8, 2012

Sorry, but I microwave a potato 3/4's way and then finish in the toaster oven. Perfect potatoes.

on January 12, 2012

@Debra, the same thing happened yesterday to our potato bag, it started smoldering and as I took it out, it did catch on fire. The question I have is that we have had this bag for years and used many, many times without incident, so I'm not sure it's the material. It was bought at a craft fair from a lady who has been making them for a long time. I even have pictures if anyone is interested.

on April 30, 2012

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