This week we ponder potatoes! You can bake a potato, boil a potato, fry them, chip 'em and roast 'em. But CAN YOU MELT one?
Plus we ask, why do fungi bother to produce hallucinogens?
I often grill over wood.
It would be cool to turn a potatoe into instant mash though :)
I suspect the main problem is that it burns before it melts, so the trick might be to remove all the oxygen from around it to stop it burning. David Cooper, Mon, 22nd Oct 2012
i agree that the hotter you get it, you likely would not only be drying out your potato, but also changing the chemical structure of the potato. If you carbonize it, then the melting point climbs quickly.
If you managed to get the metal grate hot enough (in the absence of oxygen), it would melt into a puddle. On cooling, you would find a puddle of solid metal, essentially the same chemical composition as when it started.
Firstly, a potato would surely consist of components (water) that is already "melted" as such, whilst a metal grill is "frozen".
A potato is made of many different elements, many of them volatile, like water. Volatile basically means it evaporates (turns to a gas) at low temperature.
It's easy to melt a potato, but you have to freeze it first.
Put that potato into absolute zero level!