CraftSanity On TV: A Potato Bag Tutorial For Microwaving Tasty Potatoes On The Fly

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  1. Pat Connolly says:

    I purchased a potato bag in Panama City when we used to be snowbirds from the Toronto area, and have used it for 10 years with great results. I have finally made one from your instructions, which I appreciate very much. However, after reading all the comments from fellow crafters, I am a little sceptical about its usefulness as I used Polyester thread and a blended cottom for the outside and batting that I bought to make oven gloves which is very thick and cumbersome to work with. I shall use it very carefully, 2 minutes at a time.
    Thank you all.

  2. Connie McDaniel says:

    thanks for the tutorial and the instructions. I’m ready to start my first potato bag. I intend to give these to friends for gifts. My question is do I need to wash and dry my cotton batting, muslin, and fabric first. Everything is 100% cotton and I’m concerned about it shrinking when they go to wash them. Thanks so much.

  3. Natalie says:

    I received one of these as a gift from an elderly lady and loved it so much I purchased 2 more for family. I was wondering if you could use the quilted material that is already batted-as ong as all cotton. Seems like that would eliminate one step.
    Thanks so much for the tutorial-I would turn mine inside out and wonder “how did she do this”.

  4. Lauretta Good says:

    I was wondering if I could use quilted material and not put any batting in it

  5. kess Tobias says:

    Can I use flannel for batting

  6. CAROLYN says:

    I Love the this bag. Could you steam other veg. in it also?

  7. NO POLYESTER says:

    Do not use polyester in the microwave; not even blended cotton poly’s, and also not thread. And here’s why. Do you know what polyester is? It is plastic. Do you put plastic in your microwave? No. Why? It melts. If it doesn’t catch fire, it leeches into your food. Science has finally caught up with common sense, recently, and publicized that some plastics and other chemicals can cause cancer when ingested or rubbed into the skin.

    Your polyester clothing and blankets are fine. Just don’t be eating them, lol!

    You also want to make sure not to use cotton that’s been made fire retardant by chemicals. These will leech into your food as well. Certain weaving processes (such as being denser so as to not allow so much hot air between threads) can make some cottons less prone to fire than others, and that is your best bet. Some batting companies are taking small swatches of their denser cottons and marketing that as ‘potato’ batting. Use that. It’ll be a little more per ounce for shipping and packaging, versus getting huge blanket-sized batting, but that’s worth it for when just starting out.

  8. I bought all cotton material, thread and batting. I was going to make these for Christmas presents for my senior choir at church. I gave one to my daughter-in-law first and hers caught fire in the microwave. She put one potato in the bag and set the time for 3.5 minutes. The bag is black and disintegrated at the corner. I’m glad she tried the bag and gave me a heads-up before I gave these out as gifts. I think I will make pot holders instead.

  9. Linda says:

    What measurements do I use to make a single potato bag. you said the finished size is 5×9 but I need the beginning measurements. thanks.

  10. ewe beauty says:

    so GLAD that others had problems with the thickness of the material!! ( thought it was just me?) I love these bags. I purchased one when visiting the Amish 2 yrs ago in the USA. have returned home and now making them for my friends in Australia!BUT taking heed to use 100% cotton fabric and batting…would hate to see a fire in the microwave…! loved reading your comments about the making and taking it ALL on board.. cheers .

  11. Pam K says:

    I think I have figured the “fire thing’ out. I have two homes and two very different microwave ovens. My potato bags are identical and one scorched and the other one has not. It is the power of the microwave. I have learned to cook in short bursts in the more powerful oven. I cook in two minute intervals, turn, and cook two more times, usually for eight minutes total. In the older oven I cook for four minutes, turn and cook for the remainder of time needed to cook.

  12. Mernie says:

    Can I use Pellon Thermolam-Plus for the batting? Or regular Warm and Natural batting? Or something else I can find easily at JoAnn Fabrics?

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  15. Cindy says:

    I used Warm and Natural and it scorched terribly and stunk up the house. Hopefully can use it for hot pads instead of potato bags.

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  17. Linda says:

    I was wondering what kind of potato is everyone using. I just made two with Russet potatoes. I did not like the taste that much. Our favorite potato is Golden Yucon. I will try that when I buy some.

  18. Linda says:

    One more comment. I used cotton fabric, thread and the tater battering from Joann Fabrics. I did turn it after two minutes and it took about 5 minutes for the potato. No problem with scorching. My microwave is new and I think the wattage is 1000. My bag is small. I used 9 ” by 21″. Second bag will be bigger. I could not figure out where to place embroidery and was worried if I did not use all cotton thread. I guess I posted more than one comment

  19. I purchased 100per cent cotton cloth,batting,and used muslin lining, could not find cotton thread, my bag got burned black on the 2top corners, smelled terrible, so I will just keep using my baking dish. Not worth the trouble.

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  21. Duane says:

    i would like to puchase a couple of these bags from Gerri Nielsen, does she have the ability to contact her by email rather than writing to her from your address you provided? I live in Canada.


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  23. Beth says:

    The potato bag turned out great, but on cooking 2nd potato the bag started to burn. I used 100% cotton material, batting and I thought cotton thread. What did I do wrong? I want to make another that doesn’t burn.

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  27. Judy says:

    When making the potato bags you HAVE to use 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread. Double check and read the bag the batting comes in. It will say cotton batting on the front but the back says it also has a percentage of polyester in it. I have made many many of these bags over the years and have learned from experience. Some have scorched and some have caught fire. They are not to be used in a microwave that is over 1100 watts either. Just be careful. Made properly, they make the best baked potato and the bag keeps your potato hot until ready to eat.

  28. Jane says:

    Received a potato bag as a gift. Have a friend that uses hers often. Well, not good. My bag caught on fire. Had one large potato in bag set for 6 minutes. I started to smell material burning Peeked in glass door of microwave and it was smoldering. I cracked the door open slightly then there was a flame. I verily cracked the door and waited a while to get it out. Took it outside where it continued to smolder and then of course I put it out with water.

  29. kathy Lewis says:

    I ran across your video on the potato bag for the microwave. I bought the Hobbs Heirloom 100% cotton batting and using 100% thread and fabric, my question is on your video it doesn’t say anything and the 100% cotton batting containing scrim binding. That is what I am using is this ok? It seams to work ok but I want to give them as gifts so I wanted to check with someone first.

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  35. barb says:

    I just finished reading all the comments on potato bags. I have been making these for 10 years and have had only a couple problems that were their fault. Do not use any material that has gold printing etc. that will cause fire. Sweet potatoes are great. They are in demand here the bags I mean.

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  38. Betty says:

    Things I have learned from this site and other sites.

    Fabric, thread, and battering must be 100% cotton. NO scrimb in the battering. No blends in the thread or fabric. Battering must say it is microwave safe or go on that company’s web site or phone the company for their input.

    Bake at 2 min intervals and check the bag for signs of fire. NEVER MORE THAN 2 MIN. INTERVALS. Turn half way thought the baking process, even with a turn table. Rest between uses so the bag does not overheat. Do not touch the side of the microwave with the bag.

    Must wash the bag before first use. Sizing can cause the fire. Always use a clean bag and microwave. Wrap the potato in a damp paper towel. Do not leave unattended. If testing the bag in the microwave, a food item must be included or the empty bag could catch fire.

    Each microwave is different. Some have higher wattage which changes the bag’s directions. Baking time is different with the age, wattage, turntable, no turntable, etc. of the microwave.

    Have I missed anything?

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