October 24, 2008

Stashing Sweet Potatoes

Storing sweet potatoes can be a little tricky, and since we don't have much in the way of a "cave" area in our basement for long term storage of root vegetables, we opt for canning or freezing. Plus the fact that if you want to store them long-term in a fresh state, you're supposed to cure them for 2 weeks in the dark at 70-80 degrees - now where in the heck would I do that??? You wait until it's cold to harvest them and THEN you're supposed to find someplace that's 70-80 degrees? Whatever...

I was pleasantly surprised to see that even the gargantuan sweet potatoes were very nice all the way to the center.

Today was the day to peel, blanch and freeze the sweet potatoes. Dropping them into a bowl of cool water as you're cutting them keeps them from turning brown until you're ready to process them. I used the same blanch, cool, drain and freeze steps that I used with green beans and other produce from the garden. The color is just so pretty!

Now they're ready for Thanksgiving and beyond. Two gallon freezer bags will travel with us for Thanksgiving dinner in Colorado. My oldest brother and his wife will be hosting Thanksgiving this year and my SIL found a wonderful sounding recipe for sweet potatoes in the November issue of Good Housekeeping that includes ginger and almonds - yumm! And my pastor's wife gave me a November issue of Better Homes and Gardens that is full of good sweet potato ideas - like adding roasted sweet potatoes, bacon, and caramelized garlic to stuffing bread - oh my! While I love the traditional brown sugar/marshmallow topped, stand-by recipe, it's great to branch out from that. My SIL says that this year, as always, it's her goal to put some color into the Thanksgiving meal! Hopefully these potatoes will help!

Our dinner tonight had beautiful color since we saved out a few of these tasty potatoes, marinated them in a combination of oil, honey, tamari, and ginger, then grilled them. This is one of our favorite ways to have sweet potatoes and DD will be green with envy when she reads this blog! Miss you honey!

Well, this is all then.

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