Have You Had Your Potato Today?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-06-21 17:50:36 -0500
Started 2012-06-08 08:50:55 -0500

Yes, sweet potatoes are better for us than the traditional white potatoes or even the golds. They offer more nutrition as well and today I found out they are able to be stored for up to a year! Wow.

You all know I grow a lot of my own foods (or at least try to). This is my first time trying out sweet potatoes in our garden and now I am really excited. I love sweet potatoes baked with butter, mashed with cinnamon and in soups. It is such a versatile food and not just for Thanksgiving.

I was reading in Mother Earth News and found out these interesting facts about these wonderful tubers. Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-garden...

1. Sweet potatoes are more nutritious and store better than any other root crop — they’re easy for home gardeners to keep for a full year.

2. Sweet potatoes are alive and they breathe. Never store them in a sealed plastic bag — the gases from their respiration will build up and the potatoes will eventually poison themselves. Paper bags or boxes are good for storage.

3. Do not toss or drop sweet potatoes into storage containers. When you dig them, they’ll be firm and appear indestructible — they’re not! A drop that is sufficient to crack an egg is sufficient to produce a tiny bruise on a sweet potato. After a few months in storage, that tiny bruise can turn into a large, rotten spot, which often ruins the entire potato.

4. Sweet potatoes are tropical plants and the storage roots (tubers) start to “shiver” at 50 degrees. Your refrigerator is probably set to a few degrees above freezing, which is a good temperature for carrots, apples and most juices, but not so good for tomatoes, bananas and especially sweet potatoes. At the cool temperature of your refrigerator (or in a supermarket cold room, where fresh fruit and vegetables, including sweet potatoes, are stored), a sweet potato will “shiver,” and in less than a day, the once living, breathing, healthy sweet potato will turn into a corpse.

Now I know if I treat them right they will be there to feed my family all year long.

30 replies

2012-06-20 00:23:01 -0500 Report

WHAT?!?! I stay away from them like the plague. The raise my BG#s thru the roof!! A potato is PURE carb. So no. I will never eat potatoes for as long as I'm standing w/both feet on the ground.

GabbyPA 2012-06-20 21:39:08 -0500 Report

I avoid white potatoes, but sweet potatoes are on my menu often. In fact, we had a cook out and I just wrapped up a couple of potatoes in some foil and after all the cooking was done, I threw them on the coals. YUM. No butter or salt required. Just a nice treat at the end of the day.

jayabee52 2012-06-20 12:30:33 -0500 Report

you mean you'll eat them in bed? LoL!

She's not talking bout white 'taters but sweet 'taters. Sweet 'taters have a different nutritional profile than the white.

Nana_anna 2012-06-09 13:48:58 -0500 Report

I love making sweet potato chips! They are good when warm and I sprinkle cinammon on them to!

jayabee52 2012-06-09 17:15:45 -0500 Report

how do you make sweet potato chips?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-09 17:38:52 -0500 Report

I just microwave thin slices. Gotta watch them closely, thy go from not quite down to smoking up the place in a micromoment.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-09 18:18:31 -0500 Report

He can't watch all the time.
Tha last time I made them was pre ban. It might have been among the banning reasons. Almost set of the fire alarm…which would have caused over 100 people to evacuate the building…two hook and ladders to respond…and Sarge (building manager) would have been most upset.
Two days ago Hubby had to rescue me from myself again. So the ban continues. I am eating still frozen, freezer burnt Asian vegies right now.

jayabee52 2012-06-09 19:00:38 -0500 Report

I kid Suzy that she burned her arm to get out of cooking, and when I saw her online profile at first she said she wasn't much for cooking and would appreciate someone who liked to cook (I do like to do simple cooking and did it for both my former wives and for several clients when I was a home health aide).

So I suspect I will do the bulk of the cooking. No problem as long as she doesn't complain about my cooking. "Jem" kinda complained a bit because my cooking was not on a par with her mother's. Bruised my ego a bit but it also gave me a goal to shoot for. Suzy's mom was jewish so I don't know if I need to learn how to make latkes and other Jewish dishes. We haven't talked about that yet. I suspect that she'll just be glad to not have to eat TV dinners any more (which is her current fare — she does not have Diabetes so that will be interesting as well and she eats a lot of "junk" {her word}).

pixsidust 2012-06-09 20:51:03 -0500 Report

I am only a simple cook myself. I season food but do not make fancy dishes with lots of ingredients and steps

pixsidust 2012-06-09 17:24:16 -0500 Report

My way is to cook partially in the microwave, slice thin and fry,
place on paper towel to drain and season to taste

JSJB 2012-06-09 17:30:26 -0500 Report

I will try it tomorrow. One thing I miss is patato chips. What do you fry them in. I was thinking of vegtable oil.

JSJB 2012-06-10 14:50:19 -0500 Report

Just made a batch salted and unsalted, crispy and soft. They were great I only have to get better at deep frying them in veggi oil. Thanks

pixsidust 2012-06-10 21:03:47 -0500 Report

I have mixed them half white and half sweet potatoes too. I like mine salty and add onion toward the last 10 minutes of cooking
Glad you enjoyed and had fun experimenting

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-08 19:35:29 -0500 Report

A small serving of sweet potatoes drops my BG. But I have to make sure if I try them when eating out the don't foist a yam off as a sweet potato, yams in a similar serving size result in a BG spike.
Sweet potaots have filled the spot in my diet that potatoes used to have. Except I still miss potaot soup.

jayabee52 2012-06-08 18:02:41 -0500 Report

By "sweet potatoes" do you mean the potatoes with the creamy looking flesh or what do you mean what is more accurately called yams, with orange or almost crimson flesh?

locarbarbie 2012-06-08 12:14:50 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby…good information. I try to keep sweet potatoes on hand and allow myself 1/2 of a baked s.p. with butter, love em! I keep meaning to try sweet potato chips, baked in a hot oven with coconut oil.

Somoca 2012-06-08 11:23:37 -0500 Report

I purchased for the first time sweet potato fries. It was "weird". I guess my brain was expecting regular fries taste but when it didn't taste the same, it was strange, LOL.

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