Yams and sweet potatoes are a delicious addition to any meal, but they don’t last forever. Here are some tips for storing your yams and sweet potatoes so you can enjoy them for as long as possible. The best place to store yams and sweet potatoes is in a cool, dry place with good air circulation. That means that an open window or an open door won’t be the best storage options—you want to keep your yams and sweet potatoes away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and moisture (like rain or dew).
If you have too many yams or sweet potatoes on hand to eat before they go bad, freezing them is a great option. Just wash them thoroughly before freezing them whole; you can also cut them into slices first if that works better for you. Once they’re washed and dried, wrap each one up in plastic wrap individually and then put them into freezer bags or containers. When it’s time to use one later down the road, just let it thaw at room temperature until it’s soft enough to use in recipes or prepare as-is for snacking purposes.
When storing yams and sweet potatoes, you’ll want to make sure to keep them in a cool, dry place. The ideal temperature is between 45°F and 55°F. If you live in a climate that gets cold in the winter, store your yams and sweet potatoes in a dark area of your home. This will help prevent them from getting frostbite. You should also make sure that you don’t let the potatoes come into direct contact with one another if you’re storing them in an airtight container or bag. This can cause them to rot more quickly than they normally would.
What are yams and sweet potatoes?
Yams and sweet potatoes are two different kinds of roots. Yams are tuberous, meaning they grow underground as storage organs for plants that store starch for use in later growth. A sweet potato is a root vegetable grown above ground and has more sugar than a yam, making it sweeter. The confusion between the two is partly due to the United States’ use of “yam” to refer to both types of roots—but mostly because both words were once used interchangeably.
In American supermarkets today, you’ll find both labeled “yams,” with some being sweeter than others depending on how much sugar has been added during processing (more on this later). However, in other parts of the world such as West Africa where they originated from wild species growing naturally on land without being cultivated by humans like most modern varieties have been over time; Africans refer exclusively to these tubers as true yams while Americans call them sweet potatoes instead.”
What’s the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?
Yams and sweet potatoes are different species. Yams are a tropical root vegetable, and sweet potatoes are not.
That said, they are both starchier than the average potato and more starchy than regular white or red potato varieties. They both have higher levels of sugar and fat than other types of potatoes as well.
How to store yams and sweet potatoes
- Store in a cool, dry place. Yams and sweet potatoes should be stored at 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Store in a paper bag. Paper is better than plastic because it lets the air circulate more freely around the yam or sweet potato.
- Store in a plastic bag. Plastic bags with holes poked in them will also work just fine for storing your yams and sweet potatoes; however, they may not be as good at keeping bugs out of your storage container as they are at keeping moisture out of it (which can make them last longer).
- Add some cardboard boxes or bins to keep everything neat and tidy. If you want to go even further than that, try wrapping everything up with newspaper before putting it all into one large container like this one.
Can you freeze a whole sweet potato?
Yes, you can freeze sweet potatoes. Freezing is a great way to preserve sweet potatoes for later use. You can freeze them whole or in slices.
To prepare sweet potatoes for freezing:
- Peel the skin off your sweet potato (if desired) and cut into small chunks with a sharp knife before storing in an airtight container or freezer bag. Store at 0°F (-18°C). If you’re planning on using your frozen sweet potato within 3 months, store it at 32°F (0°C). For longer storage times (6 months or more), store your frozen sweet potato at 0°F (-18°C).
To freeze peeled and chunked potatoes:
- Place chunks of peeled potato on top of each other in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until they are frozen solid—this should take 2–3 hours depending on how quickly they freeze. After they are completely frozen, transfer them into airtight containers or freezer bags and return to the freezer until ready to use.
How long do raw yams last?
How long do yams last?
Yams can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. If you store them in the fridge, they can last for up to a month. If you store them in a root cellar, they can last for up to 3 months. You can also freeze yams and keep them frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius) for up to 1 year without any loss of quality or nutritional value.
Storing yams and sweet potatoes properly can keep them for several weeks.
- If you have a cool, dry place to store your yams or sweet potatoes, keep them there. If not, be sure to store them in a paper bag instead of plastic because plastic retains moisture and speeds up rotting.
- You can also keep the yams or sweet potatoes outside in an area where they will not freeze or get too hot (freezing temperatures kill the bacteria that causes rot). Wrap each one individually in newspaper or leave it unwrapped if you plan on eating them soon—the humidity from being wrapped up together would cause mold on all but the freshest of crops. Wipe down any dirt on their exterior as well before storing; even just a little bit of soil can harbor bacteria that causes spoilage later on.
Now you know how to store yams and potatoes. You also know that there is a difference between sweet potato and yams. The variety of sweet potato that you choose will determine its storage requirements. It’s important to get them right. If you do, the texture, flavor, and nutrition of your potatoes will be preserved for longer.