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Jun 21, 2010 10:55 AM

Spoon with thin sharpish edge for scooping out baked potato innards?

Is there such a thing? My teaspoons and tablespoons have a nice heft, but that means the edges are thick don't cut very well into baked potato flesh-- tedious project, and the skin often gets torn. (I want the skin intact.) Or is there another tool that would work?
Thanks very much!

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  1. How about a spork (first picture), or maybe a grapefruit spoon (second picture).

    1. When I have the rare occasion to do that, I do it in chunks using a spoon to take out large-ish bits and pieces. Not like removing avocado when there's a reason to keep it intact. No reason with potatoes. Or is there?

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      1. re: c oliver

        I remove the potato flesh, mix with ground corned beef/egg/onion/garlic/cream/tabasco -- rebake--so I want the skins intact for the restuffing.

        1. re: blue room

          Right. But you don't need the potato in one piece so why worry about it? And bushwickgirl's idea of letting the potato cool a bit is a good one.

          1. re: blue room

            I think all you need for that is a larger sized 13" length restaurant serving spoon, which come in slotted, perforated and solid models:


        2. if you *really* want to buy a dedicated utensil, you could look into a potato scooper:

          you could also try a melon baller.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            That potato scooper brought back memories from my early chefing days, when potato skins were all the rage, plus you get the potato flesh in wedges, for seasoning and roasting, aka "broasted" potatoes. The tool works very well, though, I recommend it for scooping purposes.

            Scooping the baked potatoes after cooling them is the secret to having intact skin.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Wow, I had no idea there was such a thing as a potato scooper ... looks quite intriguing.

                1. Grapefruit spoons perhaps?
                  (how funny there is an entire website for these guys!)

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                  1. re: enbell

                    Exactly what I thought of -- a grapefruit spoon.