Saturday, November 26, 2011

Freezing Sweet Potatoes

Baked sweet potatoes

Freezing Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes do not last in the fruit cellar or winter storage as long as squash or regular potatoes last.  I preserve my sweet potatoes for winter usage when the tips start to get mushy or start to rot.

First bake the sweet potatoes, allow them to cool and then peel.  Mash the baked/peeled sweet potatoes.  Now fill your baggies - I never put more than 3 cups of mashed sweet potato in 1 bag.  I use a Vacuum Pack Machine but using ziploc baggies is also an option.  If you are using a "food saver" or vacuum packer then you must freeze the sweet potato mash in the bag before actually sealing with the vacuum packer (otherwise mash will be sucked into the machine and the bag won't seal properly).  I temporarily close the bag with a chip clip.

Once the sweet potato mash is frozen - then seal each bag according to the manufacturer's instructions.  Label and then it will be ready for winter usage.   

Sweet Potato mash sealed and ready for winter use.

IMPORTANT:  I just want to make this clear - Freeze before vacuum packing! - If you seal before freezing then you will have sweet potato mash inside your vacuum packing machine (and the bag will not seal properly).  Place the bag in the freezer for no less than 8 hours before sealing.


  1. I don't have a vacuum pack sealer, but I do want one. Great tip about freezing BEFORE vacuum packing. I'm sure I would have made the mistake of not doing so. =)
    from Blogging Buddies team

  2. I love my vacuum freezer. I never at sweet potatoes, but I can picture that mush!



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