Selection, Storage & Preparation
Here are our recommendations for selecting, storing and preparing that perfect Spring Acres SweetPotato:
- Choose uniform sizes that are thick in the middle, taper at both ends, that are firm and free of blemishes or decay. A decayed spot even if cut away may have already given the whole potato a bad flavor. SweetPotatoes have thin skins and bruise easily so they should be handled with care.
- Store SweetPotatoes between 55°F and 65°F in a dark, dry, cool place, for up to one month, or use within one week if stored at room temperature. If refrigerated, their natural sugar will turn to starch and ruin the flavor.
- We recommend baking or microwaving SweetPotatoes like Russets with their skins left on, because sweet potatoes are high in nutrition and sweet enough to eliminate the need for gobs of butter. Use somewhat smaller sweet potatoes that are uniform in size and dress them with a dab of butter (or leave plain) and add a smidgen of brown sugar or maple syrup.
- SweetPotatoes compliment almost all meats and fish, are great in stews, soups, and salads or baked in breads, pies, custards, and cakes. They naturally go well with other sweet vegetables such as parsnip and carrots, but they can also handle assertive flavoring such as garlic, sage, rosemary, allspice, nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon.