As written, my first attempt was a total flop. When the potato is soft, remove from the microwave, and cut in half lengthwise.Top with remaining cheese and sour cream, and serve. It also ensures that the sweet potato remains moist and doesn’t dry out during the cooking process. Wow, is this easy to use. There you have it — the answer to the eternal question of whether it’s safe to put paper towels in the microwave. Final Thoughts. The skin will remain softs, and the potato won’t shrink as much. Wash the potatoes and wrap each potato wet in a paper towel. You can serve sweet potatoes for dinner either by baking the sweet potatoes, directly eating the sweet potatoes as a main dish or as a side dish, or perhaps eating sweet potatoes for dessert. First things first – shuck your corn. The time will vary, depending on your microwave. How Long to Microwave Corn on the cob? The paper towel will create a steaming effect on the baked sweet potato, making for a soft and fluffy inside and preventing it from shrinking. Place on a microwave safe dinner plate. Scrub the potato, and prick several time with the tines of a fork.Place on a plate.Cook on full power in the microwave for 5 minutes.Turn over, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. Wrap in paper towel. Bag will hold 2 large potatoes or 3 to 4 small ones. After 4 minutes, test the potato – it should feel soft. Just save yourself a whole lot of time and make them in the microwave. And even though it is safe to use them, I still recommend always checking the packaging for the microwave-safe symbols.. Also, as I said, avoid using paper towels that have any color or ink on them. Once that’s done, wet a paper towel, wring it out and wrap around each ear of corn. And if your microwave does not have a special baked potato setting, here is how to bake one the right way. The moisture helps to steam the potato. Start with 4 minutes. Add one or two minutes at a time to finish cooking the potatoes. I used a fairly large 1-2 ears of corn: cook for 3-4 minutes Wrap raw potato in a wet paper towel and microwave for 2-5 minutes per potato...not quite the same as from the oven but, it beats waiting an hour for them to cook. Cook in the microwave for 3-6 minutes based on the amount of corn you are heating up. For multiple potatoes, wrap individually and cook: 1 potato – 6-7 minutes 2 potatoes – 9-12 minutes 3 potatoes – 13-16 minutes This also works for cooking wholebaked potatoes in a pinch too. I have always cooked baked potatoes in the microwave using the wet paper towel method and piercing the potatoes. Microwave sweet potato wet paper towel. Wash potatoes (leaving wet) and pierce skin in the center. Cook on high for 6-7 minutes. Your microwave will stay much cleaner, your food won't be dried out and will heat more evenly. While those have come out just fine for me, based on reviews and price, I decided to buy this.