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Andy, Will It Work? Potato Express

Its claim is to cook the perfect "pouch potato." Its claim is to cook the perfect "pouch potato."
The $10 Potato Express advertises it can bake up to four potatoes at a time in the microwave within four minutes, saving you the time it takes to bake a tater in a conventional oven. The $10 Potato Express advertises it can bake up to four potatoes at a time in the microwave within four minutes, saving you the time it takes to bake a tater in a conventional oven.

(WMC-TV) ANDY, WILL IT WORK? Potato Express = DON'T BUY!

Its claim is to cook the perfect "pouch potato."

The $10 Potato Express advertises it can bake up to four potatoes at a time in the microwave within four minutes, saving you the time it takes to bake a tater in a conventional oven.

We stuffed it at Soul Fish Café's new location, 4720 Poplar Ave. (http://soulfishcafe.com/menu.html). After washing several potatoes and keeping them damp as directed, Soul Fish Café's Raymond Williams cooked one potato in the microwave with the Potato Express pouch for four minutes.

Then two potatoes, four minutes.

Then four potatoes, four minutes.

Each time, the potatoes came out partially cooked with the centers raw.

Keeping in mind that microwaves differ in power, we tried it with different microwaves. Same raw results.

"It didn't quite live up to its claim," Williams said.

The Potato Express is a DON'T BUY.

Ontel Products of New Jersey, the distributor of the Potato Express, ignored our e-mail request for a response. We noticed, however, its manual suggests, "If needed, cook for additional 1-minute increments to achieve perfect results."

We tried that, too – after an initial 4-minute cook in the microwave. After three extra increments at one minute each, the Potato Express still didn't thoroughly cook the potato. It appeared to be drying the potato out.

It appears that the Potato Express pouch just suffocates potatoes. The point of cooking a baked potato for a long time in an oven is to take advantage of an oven's slow, conventional mode of cooking that slowly circulates heat around food. From professional to down-home cooks, they will all tell you: just like you can't cook a rib roast or whole turkey in a microwave – at least not one that will taste good – you can't cook a good-tasting baked potato starting raw in the microwave.

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