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Sweet Potato Recipes
Everything you always wanted to know about what the heck to do with a
                                          
Sweet Potato!

sweet potatoes: selection

Choose sweet potatoes that are dry and show no signs of decay. Good potatoes will also be plump and smooth.

sweet potatoes: preparation/uses

Raw preparation
Sweet potatoes are not generally eaten raw. Before cooking, they should be washed thoroughly to rid them of all dirt. Use a stainless steel knife to cut sweet potatoes. Carbon knives cause sweet potatoes to darken.

Cooking
Sweet potatoes are a popular addition to soups and can be boiled and mashed. They can be grilled over medium coals for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender and browning. Sweet potatoes that have been cooked make a tasty baby food.

Baking
Sweet potatoes can be baked at 400 degrees for approximately an hour, depending on their size, or boiled for 20 to 30 minutes.  Sweet potatoes can also be used in breads and muffins. Sweet potatoes can be cut into strips and baked for crispy fries.

Freezing
Sweet potatoes can be frozen sliced or mashed. They need to be boiled until tender. After boiling, slice or mash them and place them in freezer-safe containers. Add lemon juice to mashed sweet potatoes.

sweet potatoes: handling, storage & care

Sweet potatoes should not be refrigerated. They should be washed thoroughly, only just before use.

sweet potatoes: nutrition

Sweet potatoes are a good source of beta carotene, calcium, iron, thiamine, fiber, vitamin E and vitamin C. Once baked, sweet potatoes provide twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. They are low in sodium and cholesterol-free and are also free of fat and saturated fat.

sweet potatoes: fun facts

Studies have shown that sweet potatoes aid in steadying blood sugar levels and lowering insulin resistance, thus are a good food for diabetics despite its name “sweet”.

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