8 Mistakes You Could Be Making With Sweet Potatoes

These sweet potatoes are nutritious and delicious! Make sure you buy, cook, and store them the right way for the best flavor.

8 Mistakes You Could Be Making With Sweet Potatoes
8 Mistakes You Could Be Making With Sweet Potatoes

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1. You buy those with spots and bruises

Sweet potatoes with cuts, gouges, bruises, and blemishes have already started to get worse. You can cut the bruised parts and cut the rest into cubes to accompany roasted dishes, but they are not candidates for any recipe that requires a whole baked sweet potato.

2. You store them in the refrigerator

The worst thing you can do with your sweet potatoes is to put them in the refrigerator. It is too cold there, which changes the cell structure of the potatoes and hardens them in the center (even after cooking them). The best way to store sweet potatoes is to find a cool, dark area and they will cook soft and sweet at all times.

3. Skip the scrubbing and washing step

You will always want to put the skins on before cooking or cutting sweet potatoes. It's never a bad idea to scrub them firmly with a clean vegetable brush. Sweet potatoes grow on the ground after all, and you don't want any of that dirt or sand to end up on your plate.

4. You don't eat your skin

Many people wonder if the skins of sweet potatoes are edible. They are, and you should definitely eat them! Keeping the skin concentrates the nutrients in the sweet potato, and also helps keep the inside moist while the potato is cooking.

5. Store the cut sweet potatoes without water

Chopping sweet potatoes ahead is a great way to prepare meals for an easier dinner during the week. You can absolutely cut the sweet potatoes a day or two in advance, but be sure to store them in cold water in the refrigerator. Otherwise, they will dry out pretty quickly.

6. You bake them without making holes in the skin

The pressure inside a sweet (or normal) potato can build up in a hot oven. Pricking small holes in the skins with a fork is an easy way to let that steam escape.

7. You use the microwave to cook sweet potatoes

Well, I get it: Baking a sweet potato in the oven can take 45 minutes to an hour, or just five minutes in the microwave. The only problem is that the microwave cooks the potato unevenly, staying tough and lumpy in some spots, while being too soft and mushy in others. Fortunately, you don't have to cook sweet potatoes every night; once cooked, they are good in the refrigerator for up to a week!

8. You don't check if the potato is really cooked

There is nothing worse than an undercooked sweet potato. Rather than being tender and moist, it will be tough and crisp. Since each sweet potato varies in size and thickness, you cannot trust it to cook in 45 minutes. Check it yourself by pricking the potato with a fork. If it enters easily, it is ready to eat!

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