I love sweet potatoes. I mean… I REALLY love sweet potatoes! Something about them sings to me!
When I was a kid I had them once a year, covered in marshmellows and more like desert. There is NOTHING wrong with that. Trust me. I still love them… gooey, sweet, dessert on your plate before dessert. What is not to love?
And then I grew up. I was vegetarian. Then Vegan. Then carnivore again. Life happens right?
But somewhere in there I found that sweet potatoes are amazing in muffins, pancakes, hellooooo Sweet Potato Pie!
I also found they can take awhile to peel, cook, mash, get ready when you just want some sweet potato to quickly add! Do you know that anything that calls for pumpkin is even better when sweet potato is added? True! Try it!
And… AND… if you can them, and they are soft, not only can you just mash them up quickly but… they really do make the best and quickest marshmellow brown sugar sticky dessert on your plate. You can do it anytime. Like… Friday night after a bad week or Monday afternoon at the start of the week. I won’t tell! Promise!
Canning Sweet potatoes is super easy!
First gather your sweet potatoes. Scrub them well . Cut your ends off (Well, you don’t have to, but it feels weirdly wrong to leave them on)
Drop them into boiling water. These cook about ten minutes and then, when you pull them out, the skins should peel right off! Easy Breezy!
But they are hot. Really hot! Can you see that steam? Go fast!
Then, you can quarter them or slice them into chunks. These are processed for 90 minutes so lean on larger chunks. Smaller ones may just fall apart. As you chunk your sweet potatoes, put them into hot jars. Cover these with boiling water, remove air bubbles, cap and process for 90 minutes.
See! I told you it would be easy! NCHFP mentions that you can also can these in syrup if you are going for something sweet. I don’t do that because we use them in a variety of ways but you COULD do that if you wanted. Syrup mixes can be found here NCHFP Syrups
How to use these?
Mash and add to your mashed potatoes for a surprise
Substitute for pumpkin in muffins, pancakes or cookies
Make a sweet potato pie
Drain, rinse and sauté up with bacon and onions
Drain, slather with butter, brown sugar and marshmallows. I won’t tell. Promise.
I used about 11 pounds of sweet potatoes and this made 7 quarts. Scrub your sweet potatoes, boil for ten minutes to heat through and remove skins. Quarter or chunk them into uniform size. Cover with boiling water (or Syrup). Remove air bubbles. Replace caps and process for 90 minutes (quarts) or 75 minutes (pints) in a pressure canner.