poke holes in the tater. wrap the tater in a damp paper towel. mine are always pretty moist.
As much as we all strive for perfection and not nuking - reality is, it's convenient and makes us more compliant.
Dried out looking Sweet Potatos? you are probably overcooking them in the microwave.
Put the sweet potato on a plate, then cover the sweet potato with a bowl deep enough to completely cover the potato. Microwave for 3 minutes (give or take, depending on the size). Remove bowl, flip tater, replace bowl, microwave for another 3 minutes (give or take, depending on the size).
Be careful when removing the bowl after microwaving, it will be full of steam, so make sure you use your oven mitts or towel to protect your hands from burns.
once week i put a dozen sweet potatoes in the oven, 1 hour on 400f and half hour on 350f then let itself cool before peeling it and mashing it and storing it. for the whole week.
I cube them and then steam em. I buy organic so I can just wash the skin and cube them with the skin on. I've steamed sweet potatoes with frozen peaches, butternut squash and mangos. I usally throw in some raisins.
you can buy m/w able sweet potatoes at walmart. i cooked them in 6 mins. just awesome and soft
I cut my potatoes into large chunks and let them soak in coconut milk the night before I'm going to eat em. The next day I can pop them into the microwave and nuke them covered with a piece of wax paper and they come out sweet and juicy! Delish!
Simply wrap the sweet potato with plastic wrap before microwaving.
I actually had this problem last night. With regular potatoes I will start them in the microwave and finish them in the oven, and cooking time is cut down by about half and they're just as good.
But sweet potatoes take on a powdery, dry texture after even a minute or two in the microwave, and the skin (which I eat) is more likely to burn.
Also, sweet potatoes roasted in the oven for their entire cooking time take on a much better flavor and texture. I don't know any other way to do it besides just this.
One thing I have noticed is that cooked sweet potatoes keep very well, so they can be cooked in advance and re-heated. So you can roast 3 or of them at the beginning of the week when you have time, and throw them in the fridge. I'd much rather have reheated, roasted sweet potatoes than microwaved ones.
I try to cook a large batch of sweet potatoes twice a week at home and then take a portion to work with me and heat it up in the microwave. Seems a lot easier to preprep at home than cooking at work.
in response to the anti microwave comments:
would love to not nuke my meals, but as a school teacher, there are no ovens, stovetops, etc. If one wants to eat healthy (non-school lunch meals) then one must microwave or eat raw.
Poke holes in it, then place it in a bowl or CorningWare with a little water, put the lid or a plate on, and microwave it accordingly. I use this method all the time and it works like a charm. Hope this helps :D
I usually wrap them in some kind of kitchen paper or baking paper.... They don't become dry
It does take a little more planning, yet cooking one's food is so much safer. Just think of the original Cavemen! They didn't have microwaves!
Microwave it in a covered bowl filled 1/20th with water.
I usually peel them, cube them and add a little bit of water to the bowl that I'm cooking them in.