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Baked Russets in gas oven for 3.5 hrs. @ 200. Will it work?

JulieD88 Apr 29, 2011 07:33 AM

Hi. I've been reading and enjoying for a while now and learning TONS. First time posting so here goes:

I'm wanting to bake up to 5# of russet potatoes in my oven but need to bake at a low temp. so they'll be done in 3-3.5 hrs. (3.5 hrs. is most comfortable). 200F is lowest temp. I have. They're all good-sized (medium or larger) potatoes. Do you think this will work? Is baking more potatoes better under these terms? Yes, I know about crock pots. I'd just rather use the oven as it's still cold where I live and so nice to come home to oven-cooked food when it's cool.

Thank you!

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    JulieD88 Apr 29, 2011 06:04 PM

    Thanks for the advice. I went ahead and baked them tonight and will fix a different dish to better fit my cook time. The last 2 posters are both right about my situation: I don't have an oven timer, and I am tight for time. On the occasion I would have originally baked the potatoes, my toddler daughter will probably miss a nap and thus be very fussy. My goal is to have food ready to eat when we walk through the door. That way she can get her meal and be off to sleep, and I'm not trying to do anything but dish up the food with her wrapped around my legs.

    Thank you all very much!

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    1. re: JulieD88
      sueatmo Apr 29, 2011 06:43 PM

      You can prebake potatoes in a regular oven, chill, and then reheat in the microwave. This is a tip from one of Barbara Kafka's microwave cookbooks.

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      rjbh20 Apr 29, 2011 10:41 AM

      Low temp and baked potatoes don't go together -- generally the hotter the better. Are you so tight for time that you can't just blast them at 425 for about 35 - 45 minutes (depending on size)?

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      1. re: rjbh20
        ferret Apr 29, 2011 10:49 AM

        Or don't have a timer on the oven for a delayed start?

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        honeybea Apr 29, 2011 07:51 AM

        This worked for me with sweet potatos. I used jewel, japanese red, and the orange ones. They came out super sweet and tender.

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          Alan408 Apr 29, 2011 07:40 AM

          It didn't work for me, potatoes had a very dense texture, vs. dry/fluffy. Didn't taste like a baked potato.

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