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How to Store and Prepare Fresh Sweet Potatoes

Storage and Preparations

Sweet potatoes are not as hardy as white potatoes. The thin skins are readily broken, and the flesh can be easily bruised, which causes them to spoil quickly. Store them, unwashed, in a cool dry place, for up to two weeks. Check them from time to time to be sure they have not begun to spoil. Look at the ends of the potatoes, where decay often begins. If they must be stored at kitchen temperature, plan to use them within a few days or a week at most. Do not refrigerate uncooked sweet potatoes.

For the most part, sweet potatoes require little preparations. They should be scrubbed before peeling or cooking, although the skin is edible, so peeling is not a necessity. Sweet potatoes are easily peeled after being parboiled or baked, but for recipes calling for raw peeled potatoes, it is best done with a sharp paring knife. The peeled potato can be sliced, diced or cut into any desired shape. If you are preparing the sweet potatoes a long time before they will be cooked, toss them with a little lemon juice. They do not discolor rapidly but will darken after a while.

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