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2007/01/20 10:35:47 (permalink)

Pine Resin Baked Potatoes

Anyone remember these?

Resin baked potatoes were on the menu the first time I ate at Cracker Barrel in 1985. They put a great smell throughout the restaurant - I had to order one.

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    CajunKing
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/21 19:41:46 (permalink)
    They were good!

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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/21 20:05:55 (permalink)
    Never been to Cracker Barrel, but I have had more than a few bottles of Retsina, Greek resinated wine.
    I'll be the first to admit it's a bit of an acquired taste but it's a fun white wine and certainly memorable.

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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/21 20:14:50 (permalink)

    We had them at a place called Rig One in Denison, TX. They were good, but I couldn't get to eat the skin which I'm fond of doing. This restaurant was local but was in one of those "kiss of death" locations and went out of business.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/21 20:23:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by MilwFoodlovers

    Never been to Cracker Barrel, but I have had more than a few bottles of Retsina, Greek resinated wine.
    I'll be the first to admit it's a bit of an acquired taste but it's a fun white wine and certainly memorable.



    I love retsina with Greek food.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/21 20:27:35 (permalink)
    Skip Crackerbarrel-stick to Retsina!!!
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/21 22:31:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by annpeeples

    Skip Crackerbarrel-stick to Retsina!!!

    There you go.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 00:31:44 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    Retsina? Doesn't that have something to do with an eye disease or something?
    My-My-Myopically, Ort. Carlton in Often-Short-Visioned Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 01:33:26 (permalink)
    If you've ever been to Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Falling Water' in PA, you've seen the cauldron recessed into the hearth on a swing arm to simmer over the fireplace for Pine Resin Spuds
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 10:41:25 (permalink)
    I've had a pine resin pot for thirty years plus. I always take it on hunting trips. When cold it is a brick but when cooking it is black naplam.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 12:30:03 (permalink)
    Rosin? This is the first time I've heard of this. The only time I've used rosin is on my violin bow.

    How do these potatoes taste afterwards? Is there a pine taste? I assume the pine has been processed out?

    I'm very interested in knowing.... a bit hesitant in trying...

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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 12:52:03 (permalink)
    I've always been fascinated by the entry in Joy of Cooking on rosin cooked potatoes. If I recall, they say they are popular in Sweden as a snack while ice skating. They also say the skins are toxic. " /> (Maybe that's why Cracker Barrel doesn't serve them, or it could also have something to do with the dangers of having simmering flammable rosin in a fast-food kitchen?)

    Good to learn that some Roadfooders have experience with this.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 13:41:30 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by fabulousoyster

    Rosin? This is the first time I've heard of this. The only time I've used rosin is on my violin bow.

    How do these potatoes taste afterwards? Is there a pine taste? I assume the pine has been processed out?

    I'm very interested in knowing.... a bit hesitant in trying...



    The potatoes are cooked with the skin on, then wrapped in paper when served. I recall a faint piney taste, but it has been a long time. You eat them like any other baked potato.

    Jim
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 15:50:45 (permalink)
    Sounds chemically dangerous to me to use pine resin.
    I prefer my tater's to tast like spuds, not pine tar.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 16:46:12 (permalink)
    They don't have the faintest taste of pine tar/resin/rosin. They are flakey and perfectly cooked (eat them when they float) and onions also benefit from the cooking method. The cooking method is ONLY for outside and a bit more dangerous than deep fat frying a fowl...oil runs off, tar sticks and takes skin w/ it when it cools.

    Now a true PIA to find six to eight pounds of resin crystals but worth the trouble. Little Hardware in Charlotte still keeps a garbage can full of it. About $3 per pound.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 16:51:52 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    I've had a pine resin pot for thirty years plus. I always take it on hunting trips. When cold it is a brick but when cooking it is black naplam.

    Tell me more about that resin pot. I'm beginning to see one in my future.

    Jim
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 18:53:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    They don't have the faintest taste of pine tar/resin/rosin. They are flakey and perfectly cooked (eat them when they float) and onions also benefit from the cooking method. The cooking method is ONLY for outside and a bit more dangerous than deep fat frying a fowl...oil runs off, tar sticks and takes skin w/ it when it cools.

    Now a true PIA to find six to eight pounds of resin crystals but worth the trouble. Little Hardware in Charlotte still keeps a garbage can full of it. About $3 per pound.
    '
    I have never heard of that in all my years.
    Now I will have to try one... Do many places do it anymore, or is it just a backyard thing? Is it a regional thing?
    I swear, I have never heard of it.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/22 20:22:16 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    Frankly, I hadn't heard of it, either. I'm all eyes -- disease or no -- waiting to know more. Sounds delicious!
    Fill Me In But Don't Fill Me Out (I'm Fat Enough), Ort. Carlton in Ever-So-Phat Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/23 09:36:26 (permalink)
    Ok

    A rosin pot was something (as I understand) developed many years ago by rosin harvesters in eastern NC. We're not called the Tarheel ststae for nothing.

    Rosin/resin/pitch is solid at ambient temperature therefore easy to store and transport. However it is VERY dangerous when heated to a molten state. Spill it on you and it sticks and burns and takes skin w/ it when removed.

    Still want to go on. Find a cheap Chinese cast iron dutch oven style pot and melt five or six pounds of rosin...maybe more...it has been over thirty years since I started mine, until just liquid. Do not over heat as it will burst into flames but then again all you do is put the lid on and move it off the heat. I would never consider melting this stuff in a house...campfires only.

    Now if I haven't scared you away the onions and potatoes that come out are the BEST you will ever have anywhere. Second place would go to potatoes buried in rock salt and baked. Gently plop onions and potatoes into the liquid naplam, when they float they are ready. Wrap in newspaper after they have set for a few minutes. Whatever you use to fish them out can either be cleaned by sticking in the fire or letting it sit until the rosin sets and easily cracking it off. Put this back in the pot.

    Another drawback to this is you can't eat the skin which is one of my fav foods. Small price to pay for this wonderous item. Cracker Barrel's version is good but not great. Off a camp fire it is great.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/23 15:48:06 (permalink)
    I remember when CB had to remove these from their menu, several people had eaten the skin. Which on the CB menu it said DO NOT EAT THE SKIN.

    I can't imagine what that had to taste like .

    As for V960's reference to "Black Nepalm", I have a spot on my leg where a pine knot burst which was full of resin. It stuck like glue, burned like He**, and left a oblong shaped scar on my leg.
    Oh the joy's of scouting!
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/23 15:51:30 (permalink)
    fascinating recipe - won't be able to try it until i've a yard with a firepit, but you've definitely got me curious!
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/29 15:11:47 (permalink)
    Made me get out the pot this weekend. Onions and potatoes w/ a steak last evening. WONDERFUL!!!!
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/29 15:50:34 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    Made me get out the pot this weekend. Onions and potatoes w/ a steak last evening. WONDERFUL!!!!

    That would be worth some pictures!
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/29 16:39:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by JRPfeff

    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    Made me get out the pot this weekend. Onions and potatoes w/ a steak last evening. WONDERFUL!!!!

    That would be worth some pictures!


    Don't own a digital camera.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2007/01/29 17:01:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    quote:
    Originally posted by JRPfeff

    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    Made me get out the pot this weekend. Onions and potatoes w/ a steak last evening. WONDERFUL!!!!

    That would be worth some pictures!


    Don't own a digital camera.

    Have John A. stop over.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2008/08/27 13:48:11 (permalink)
    I have cooked potatoes with pine rosin for many years, but cannot find a supplier for replenishing my rosin supply.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2008/08/27 17:29:16 (permalink)
    I used to go to CB just to get the rosin baked potatos. They truly are special. Dissapointed you cant get them now just because people can be so stupid as to eat the rosin soaked skin.
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2008/08/27 17:46:10 (permalink)
    What are the chances of this.. a native Tar heel and I've never heard of this method??

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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2008/08/31 07:57:44 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by AArnold

    I have cooked potatoes with pine rosin for many years, but cannot find a supplier for replenishing my rosin supply.


    Welcome to RoadFood AArnold.

    http://jas-townsend.com/product_info.php?products_id=373
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    RE: Pine Resin Baked Potatoes 2008/09/04 22:50:24 (permalink)
    (eat them when they float)

    I do not want to float, after I eat them.
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