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How long do cooked sweet potatoes last?

forzagto Aug 16, 2011 06:04 AM

I love sweet potatoes but they take a while to cook. Was hoping I could put 4-5 in the microwave Sunday night and then keep them in the fridge for the week to have for snack, dinner or bring to work. How long will they last in the fridge after being cooked without piercing the skin. Would it help to wrap them in paper towel or tin foil? Thanks

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    forzagto Aug 17, 2011 02:24 PM


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      ediblover Aug 17, 2011 03:16 PM

      They'll last. Main issue would be the cooling. To be cautious you'll have to put 'em in a sealed bag and give 'em an ice bath so you can put 'em in the fridge. Wrapping would affect moisture/texture, but not really the safety.

      I'm a tad confused about them taking long to cook in the microwave. It's been a while since I've tossed one in there, but I recall the cooking time to be under 10 minutes (with an eternity for them to cool afterwards).

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        KaimukiMan Aug 17, 2011 04:30 PM

        i too wonder about the cooking vs. reheating time, i know there is some time savings, but if I were to go to all the work of precooking i think i'd oven bake it, then save the microwave for reheating. or are sweet potatoes just as good from the micro as the oven?

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          ediblover Aug 18, 2011 12:16 PM

          No. It holds a lot (excess) of moisture, so while it retains good flavor, it has a very mushy texture. Still, for me it makes an awesome (cold weather) snack. The only negative being that you have to make it about 20 minutes ahead of time since it has to cool. I think a hot sweet potato is #2 (behind pizza) when it comes to burning my mouth.

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        oldunc Aug 17, 2011 06:00 PM

        DO NOT put sweet potatoes in the microwave- it makes them taste like some foul concoction of soggy cornflakes and pure evil, no idea why.

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          magiesmom Aug 18, 2011 05:55 AM

          They only take awhile to cook if you do 4-5 at once. I don't care for microwaved sweets but they take 10 minutes, each, so why reheat, which takes like three? to save 7 minutes?
          If you are doing some ahead to have all week do them in the real oven so they will be yummy, cool them well, wrap in tin foil and they will be good five days.

          1. bagelman01 Aug 18, 2011 01:20 PM

            We don't microwve, but oven bake our sweet potatoes. i then leave them in a owl on the counter to cool down overnight. I find they keep 5-6 days in the refrigerator.
            To reheat, I split legthwise and toas 2 cycles in the toaster oven.

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              magiesmom Aug 18, 2011 05:38 PM

              I'm surprised the owl doesn't eat them:)

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                bagelman01 Aug 18, 2011 06:50 PM

                owl doesn't like anything in skin....
                sorry for all the typos, my spinal stenosis is in overdrive today

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                  magiesmom Aug 18, 2011 07:57 PM

                  I hope you know I was just being playful; I love owls!

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              shoo bee doo Aug 18, 2011 06:55 PM

              I think they're pretty good at room temperature.

              1. ipsedixit Aug 18, 2011 09:42 PM

                A week in the fridge?

                Try a couple of weeks in the fridge, minimum. No problems whatsoever.

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                  forzagto Aug 19, 2011 10:51 AM

                  After being cooked, really?

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                    ipsedixit Aug 19, 2011 08:33 PM

                    Yes, if refrigerated and wrapped in, for example, foil or in tupperware.

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                  Querencia Aug 19, 2011 09:41 PM

                  If the day comes when you think you've kept cooked sweet potatoes in the refrigerator long enough, peel them and mash the inside with crushed pineapple and freeze it for later reheating.

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