Wednesday, October 19, 2022

PUTTING UP SWEET POTATOES

 The coworker that gifted us with all the jalapeños last week also brought in some bags of sweet potatoes.  A few people took some and there were three bags left.

I said I'd take them if no one else wanted them.

So I scored these three bags.  About 9 lbs of sweet potatoes from North Carolina! What to do with them?

We decided to roast them, mash them and freeze them for future uses.

First we washed them and cleaned them.  We cut off any dried ends or bad spots.


Then we put them on a foiled lined sheet pan and roasted them for 1 hour at 425 degrees.


Here they are after they were done (soft to the touch) as we set them aside to cool.


Since we don't prick holes in them ahead of time, what we do after they bake is take a knife and cut a slit down each one.  This lets the steam out and helps them to dry a bit as they cool.  Once you do this, they start to wrinkle and you can see how loose the skin is.

We aren't saving the skins (though I did snack on a few pieces) so after they cooled, the skins just slipped right off.  The slit we cut right after they were out of the oven made it easy to just peel them off.

We put them in a bowl and mashed them up and since we are freezing for random future uses, there are no spices/seasonings needed.

We measured them into 2 cup amounts.

After they were portioned out, I used the rubber spatula to get all the goodness and put a small amount more into each bag so the 2 cups became about 2 1/4.

We didn't waste any that's for sure.

Turns out the three bags of medium sized sweet potatoes ended up giving us three bags mashed to put up in the freezer.  I vacuum sealed them and popped them in the freezer.

Seems about the right amount for a sweet potato pie or a savory mashed sweet potato side dish...and the holidays ARE coming soon!

We love sweet potatoes!

13 comments:

  1. Sweet potato pie is my husbands favorite. You'll enjoy being able to pull those out of the freezer later in the year when you want them.

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    1. Yes, do you know 2nd Man has never made a sweet potato pie! We need to find a good recipe. He's made plenty of pumpkin pies, we figure probably at least similar.

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  2. Sweet potato with their lovely purple flowers bloomed for years and i had no idea what was happening underground until one fall I unearthed a sweet potato the size of a basketball . The leaves are a different colors. Still no more blog alerts from your blog....wrote to you about it and I guess you cannot fix.

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    1. Hi there! Now that was a surprise for you. Hope you still get some every year. We're not sure what's happening with the alerts. Google hasn't been much help but they have said they are working on something. I'll keep trying.

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  3. Sweet potato pie was my first thought and then there is the Cajun dish with pecans and maple syrup! Yum!

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    1. They both are wonderful. Looking for pie recipes, ha.

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  4. What a great co-worker! 3 bags of homegrown sweet potatoes! You’re going to have some delicious meals and desserts from them. Good idea to process and freeze them for easy future use.

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    1. Yep, we figured it was good to save them. I think sometimes people don't think ahead if they aren't using them right away. We like to put up for future use!

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  5. When you cut off the ends like you did and like I do, there is no need for poking holes. Poking holes is hard on my hands, so I have just cut a slit in the top, barely piercing the skin. You don't have to let them sit for the skins to pull away. it just happens, but the cut helps them to cool faster for processing. Use a pumpking pie recipe or a pumpkin bread recipe for the best two desserts around. I definitely need a

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    1. vacuum sealer. I accidentally posted, not sure how.

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    2. I didn't think about that, great point. No need for holes when they have "big ones" with cut ends, ha. Yep, we like to get them to cool quickly. 2nd Man was thinking a pumpkin pie recipe that he uses would work with the sweet potatoes too. Never thought about sweet potato bread. Will try that! And yes, vacuum sealers are wonderful tools. We just used some roasted turkey that was over a year old, perfectly fine.

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  6. Lucky for you to receive such a wonderful gift from a coworker.
    Many great recipes using sweet potatoes. Maybe some sweet potato pancakes, cookies, bread/muffins, add to soups, etc.,etc., etc.

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    1. Yes, all of my coworkers are so wonderful. We love to share, ha. Pancakes sound great too!! Thanks!

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