What does a sweet potato taste like?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “what does a sweet potato taste like” with an in-depth analysis of the taste profile of a sweet potato Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of fresh, canned, and cooked sweet potatoes along with the tips to store sweet potatoes for a long time.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

What does a sweet potato taste like?

When sweet potatoes are cooked they develop a starchy, mildly sweet flavor. Not only does cooking bring about the flavor of sweet potato it also changes the texture of the sweet potato.

In the case of sweet potatoes that are boiled or baked, they become soft and their outer covering becomes a bit stringy. 

On the other hand, if you fry or roast sweet potatoes then they will become soft from inside but at the same time, they will be crisp and caramelized from outside.

What is the nutritional profile of sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are nutritious. When it comes to the carbohydrate content of sweet potatoes, they have 20 grams of carbs per 100 grams of sweet potatoes. 100 grams of sweet potato contains about 3 grams of dietary fiber and does not contain fat.

Sweet potatoes have a lot of micronutrients present in them. It is quite rich in its vitamin A content and if we talk specifically about the orange variety of sweet potatoes, then they are rich in beta-carotene.

How long do fresh sweet potatoes last?

Fresh sweet potatoes last for about 2-3 weeks when they are stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat. It is worth mentioning that you should store sweet potatoes in a well-ventilated place and you should never store sweet potatoes in a humid environment as excessive moisture can mess up the quality and freshness of sweet potatoes.

Moreover, you should not store your sweet potatoes in a very cold or a very hot temperature as the cold temperature makes them hard from inside, and in hot temperature, tiny holes can form inside the sweet potato.

How long do canned sweet potatoes last?

Unopened canned sweet potatoes last for about 12 months if they are stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat. 

How long do cooked sweet potatoes last?

On the other hand, cooked sweet potatoes last for about 3-6 days if they are stored in an air-tight container at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of the sweet potatoes and sweet potatoes can even last for more than this, provided that they are stored properly.

You can read how to make roasted sweet potatoes here.

How to freeze cooked sweet potatoes

In the case of cooked sweet potatoes, you can freeze them. All you need to do is to put your cooked sweet potatoes in a plastic freezer bag or heavy-duty freezer container and afterward store it in the freezer. The cooked sweet potatoes last for more than a month when kept in the freezer. 

When you want to thaw the frozen cooked sweet potatoes, the best way that you can do so is to leave the sweet potatoes to defrost in the fridge overnight.

Another thing that you can do is to defrost and reheat the sweet potato in the microwave. The sweet potato defrosted this way should be consumed immediately.

Moreover, you can also defrost and reheat the frozen sweet potatoes in a pan. All you gotta do is to defrost the cooked sweet potatoes on the low flame and afterward reheat them on medium flame.

Tips to store sweet potatoes

  1. Fresh sweet potatoes can be stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.
  1. You should store fresh sweet potatoes in a well-ventilated place.
  1. You should not store your fresh sweet potatoes in a humid environment.
  1. In the case of cooked sweet potatoes, always let sweet potatoes cool before storing them in the air-tight container or plastic zipper bag. If you store hot sweet potatoes in the plastic zipper bag or container moisture will build up inside it that provides a suitable environment for bacteria to grow.
  1. Moreover cooked sweet potatoes should always be stored in the refrigerator.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “what does a sweet potato taste like” with an in-depth analysis of the taste profile of a sweet potato. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of fresh, canned, and cooked sweet potatoes along with the tips to store sweet potatoes for a long time.

Citations

https://www.thespruceeats.com/sweet-potato-facts-selection-and-storage-1802486

https://www.doesitgobad.com/do-sweet-potatoes-go-bad/

https://www.canitgobad.net/can-sweet-potatoes-go-bad/#:~:text=If%20the%20sweet%20potatoes%20start,the%20tubers%20in%20the%20trash.

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Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.

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