Monday, April 09, 2007

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Potato cooker is what it is. It is roughly a triangle with rounded sides. The lid is slightly domed and has a glass knob. There is a place at the back that looks like it used to be where the handle connected, but that was long ago.

To 'bake' the potatoes, you wash off baking potatoes, pierce the skins a couple of time with the point of a sharp knife, then fit them into the potato cooker (it holds up to 4 large ones), put it on the stove top with the heat at low and cook for about 45 minutes. The potatoes come out with fluffy interiors and crisp skins as if you had baked them in the oven, but the energy use is far less. We've also baked yams in it and they are wonderful cooked that way.

I'll bet that you could also pop corn and cook rice in this pot, but have never tried it.

Thanks for the great guesses. If you ever see one of these for sale at a yard sale or antiques place, snap it up if it isn't too expensive. I'd love to know what it cost and what they said it was for, too.


  1. I definitely wouldn't have come up with potato cooker... I love finding new-old gadgets!

  2. Anonymous7:10 AM

    Hi Elle - that's really neat. I'm with Bri, I love kitchen gadgets of all sorts!

  3. That is really niffty and yes if I ever see one I will check the price, I'd love to have one!

  4. Brilynn, I love all kinds of gadgets, too.

    Gilly, Ditto.

    Tanna, Yes, grab it if you find one.

  5. I meant to say that!!! But my fingers typed "coffee maker" like they even had coffee makers back then.. doh.

    Very cool - and I will keep my a look out because we bake potatoes at least once a week in the oven - and in the summer that gets way too hot!


  6. lis, of course you meant potato cooker, wink, wink. they didn't have coffee makers? just boiled in a pot with egg shells i guess.

  7. Anonymous12:47 PM

    What a neat little treasure!