Cooking Sweet Potatoes
Cooking sweet potatoes is easy but there are certain things that you should know first. This vegetable is pretty common and is one of the main crops cultivated in the United States. Sweet potatoes are originally native of South America and eventually spread through North America and other areas.
This crop usually grows well in warm
temperatures around 75 Fahrenheit degrees (24°C). This tuber develops
well in tropical areas since they provide the perfect amount of light
and water that it needs. When the sweet potato is grown in colder areas
it has to be harvested before winter or the crops will be lost.
Sweet potatoes and most tubers should not be refrigerated until they have been cooked. If they have to be at normal temperature they should be eaten within a week. In the market you have to be careful when choosing your sweet potatoes.
They should be very firm, dry, smooth and without wrinkles. Decaying areas in the potato are a signal of spoiling and they will affect the taste even when the area has been cut.
There are some steps that have to be taken before cooking sweet potatoes.
Before starting to peel them you must make sure they are
peeled deep enough into the skin. Removing the skin and the layer below
it is necessary for it to cook better otherwise it will take a dark
You can choose to
remove the skin before cooking them or wait until they are done to peel
them. Some people prefer removing the skin after is cooked; that way
peeling them is easier. Pierce the skin of the sweet potatoes before
starting to cook them. Proceed to put them in a pan then into the oven.
Adjust the temperature to 370 to 375 Fahrenheit degrees (187 to 191°
C) and wait around
50 minutes. If you cooked them with the skin wait for a couple of
minutes to cool for a bit before removing it.
To save time read some tips for leaving them already set up.
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