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Shelf-life of Yams
Yams have a shelf-life of about a month if they are stored in a cool and dark area. It is best to not refrigerate yams because it has been known to alter their taste and flavour if the yams are cooked after they have been refrigerated. Yams can be stored in a loose plastic bag or in an open basket. This type of container usually allows for maximum air exposure which helps to preserve and protect the yams for longer periods of time. The air circulation also helps to mature and enhance the flavour of the yams.
Outgrowths from the skin of yam, not only looks a bit gross but is also a sign of older yams. When purchasing yams, it is best to look for a vegetable that are small, smooth and have rounded edges. Discoloration of the skin is also a bad sign because it indicates an underlying problem with the yam that you may not find out until you cut it open. If by chance you were to find a yam that has a small part that has gone bad, it is best to throw the whole yam away because that small part can affect the flavour of the whole yam.
It is usually best to purchase yams no more than about a week before you want to cook them but they can easily last for about three to four weeks. They should be stored at room temperature of approximately 55°F and refrigeration should be avoided for as long as possible. After they have been cooked, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week in a plastic container that is covered. Cooked yams can be frozen after being individually wrapped in foil and then collectively stored in the freezer. They should be reheated in the oven rather than in a microwave since that can alter its flavour.
How to Handle Yams
Yams can be peeled either before or after they have been cooked. If boiling, removing the skin is not recommended because the skin provides essential support to the yam without which it would fall apart and would be unable to retain its shape. They can be sliced, mashed, puréed, sautèd or pickled. Always remember to wash your yams thoroughly before beginning to cook. Yams are a root vegetable, and thus must be properly cleaned to remove all bacteria.
Yams have a number of health benefits. They have a large number of vitamins. Yams can be prepared in a variety of ways at home. One example is that they can be baked. After washing and drying thoroughly, they can be placed on a baking tray and placed in the oven for 40 to 60 minutes after which they are tender and ready to eat. They can also be microwaved or made into candied yams sweetened with marshmallows that are both delicious and perfect for family gatherings. Yams can also be used to make oven fries. This is actually a healthier, yet delicious alternative to normal potato fries that are fried and rich in calories. Yams can be used to make incredible dishes that are both delicious and healthy.