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How long does it take to bake a potato in a car?

Posted at 1:38 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 11:29:45-04

UPDATE AT 4:30 P.M. 

As it turns out, five hours isn't enough time to bake potatoes in the car.

The inside of the dashboard reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Same with the inside of the potatoes.

A typical baked potato has an internal temperature of 210 degrees. Alas, our potatoes weren't quite cooked all the way by the time the experiment ended at 4:30 p.m.

However, the smell was fantastic, and we fully plan on eating the potatoes after a few more minutes in the oven.


When it starts getting really, really hot outside, TV stations like to do crazy things to demonstrate just how hot it is.

One of the most common is to bake cookies on a dashboard. A couple of years ago, we actually cooked a roast in a vehicle. This year, we are baking potatoes.

RELATED: The Great Roast Experiment

We started the experiment at 11:30 a.m. When we checked an hour later, the potatoes were coming along quite well.

When the experiment is over, we'll post the results here. Check back to find out just how long it took to bake potatoes in a hot car in the extreme Las Vegas heat. 

Cooking baking experiment in 2015

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