• I don't use a microwave, I use an old-fashioned oven.
  • You're confused (as always) as the main task of pricking a potato is to ensure even cooking - not to prevent exploding. There are over 200 varieties of potatoes, of those only a few have the sort of hard skin that would pop in a high power microwave if left for too long. Also, not every microwave is high powered enough to pop a potato.

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