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microwave sweet potato

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

when I microwave sweet potatos they become very dry. How to microwave sweet potato so that they do not dry out

7e13e284a1bafd7b4de14a50ee96140c

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:25 AM

i used to not microwave anything, but slowly reheating it on the stove. Out of convenience i started microwaving my food. I don't notice any difference from the change. I do notice big effects from how/what time i eat, exercse, sleep..the big stuff There are more important factors to worry about when it comes to a healthy lifestyle than the microwave.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 26, 2013
at 02:01 PM

Alternatively, put the potato in a bowl of water or a roasting bag (which won't allow the evaporated water to escape).

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 26, 2013
at 02:00 PM

Microwaves work by producing microwaves (obviously) which are absorbed by the food and translated into thermal vibrations. This change from kinetic to thermal energy within the food is what heats it up. This process will continue until you reach a point where the temperature reaches the evaporation temperature of a substance, this is the moisture ie water. When you microwave your potato you are causing the moisture to evaporate hence the dryness (also why you need to pierce the non-porous skin). The paper towel needs to be moist, keep moistening it to prevent fire and heat your potato.

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:47 PM

Or hospitals...

3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on January 04, 2013
at 07:21 PM

:D If I had one I would probably use it sometimes. It's just this description of badly cooked, dried-out, nuked spuds that is a real turn-off. Esp. when it is so easy to roast, pan roast, steam, boil, parboil then roast... grate into pancakes... etc!

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:07 AM

cooking spuds in a microwave is so legit. so legit.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 01, 2013
at 01:17 AM

I stick my potato, unpoked, unwrapped in my microwave for 5 minutes, perfect every time. Do the same with plantains, just 4 minutes though.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on January 01, 2013
at 12:44 AM

That is always the problem.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 31, 2012
at 07:26 PM

That's the problem, not the solution.

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on December 31, 2012
at 06:11 PM

no it wont .

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Won't that cook the paper towel?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Nah, that doesn't work, I've tried it.

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5c880a6a32f9ffb0db5ee56e9b699940

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on December 31, 2012
at 03:25 PM

poke holes in the tater. wrap the tater in a damp paper towel. mine are always pretty moist.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Won't that cook the paper towel?

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

(1021)

on December 31, 2012
at 06:11 PM

no it wont .

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(627)

on February 26, 2013
at 02:01 PM

Alternatively, put the potato in a bowl of water or a roasting bag (which won't allow the evaporated water to escape).

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(627)

on February 26, 2013
at 02:00 PM

Microwaves work by producing microwaves (obviously) which are absorbed by the food and translated into thermal vibrations. This change from kinetic to thermal energy within the food is what heats it up. This process will continue until you reach a point where the temperature reaches the evaporation temperature of a substance, this is the moisture ie water. When you microwave your potato you are causing the moisture to evaporate hence the dryness (also why you need to pierce the non-porous skin). The paper towel needs to be moist, keep moistening it to prevent fire and heat your potato.

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05b7714f0b6942fc350e4271c6382c46

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on January 01, 2013
at 01:15 AM

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.

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9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

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on December 31, 2012
at 03:41 PM

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.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 31, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Overcooking it perhaps.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41777)

on January 01, 2013
at 01:17 AM

I stick my potato, unpoked, unwrapped in my microwave for 5 minutes, perfect every time. Do the same with plantains, just 4 minutes though.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Nah, that doesn't work, I've tried it.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3531)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:44 AM

That is always the problem.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41777)

on December 31, 2012
at 07:26 PM

That's the problem, not the solution.

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7e13e284a1bafd7b4de14a50ee96140c

on May 09, 2013
at 03:20 AM

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.

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Ec1b72395bd6b9f3f5a9c27a5047b3d6

on May 09, 2013
at 02:17 AM

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.

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Ea61a90f38bdcd90bcfb7703ce8a1a0a

on April 12, 2013
at 03:41 AM

you can buy m/w able sweet potatoes at walmart. i cooked them in 6 mins. just awesome and soft

0
5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on March 07, 2013
at 04:23 PM

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!

0
8f5f590c8edc551810c1a5aea0923677

on March 07, 2013
at 04:15 PM

Simply wrap the sweet potato with plastic wrap before microwaving.

0
9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on February 26, 2013
at 01:36 PM

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.

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7d46edca72c2f8347f65d7b734d1f1eb

on February 26, 2013
at 11:27 AM

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.

0
14284bdeeb395cbffaf38d5e8b3effe3

on February 26, 2013
at 04:57 AM

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.

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on January 02, 2013
at 03:07 AM

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

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0f2cd316c08a5499ad23bcf54369b314

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on January 01, 2013
at 08:47 PM

I usually wrap them in some kind of kitchen paper or baking paper.... They don't become dry

0
C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

on January 01, 2013
at 03:08 AM

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/microwave-ovens-the-proven-dangers

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!

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on January 04, 2013
at 09:47 PM

Or hospitals...

0
Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 31, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Microwave it in a covered bowl filled 1/20th with water.

0
3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

on December 31, 2012
at 02:45 PM

I usually peel them, cube them and add a little bit of water to the bowl that I'm cooking them in.

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3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

(1186)

on December 31, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Ew, cooking food in a microwave.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:07 AM

cooking spuds in a microwave is so legit. so legit.

3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

(1186)

on January 04, 2013
at 07:21 PM

:D If I had one I would probably use it sometimes. It's just this description of badly cooked, dried-out, nuked spuds that is a real turn-off. Esp. when it is so easy to roast, pan roast, steam, boil, parboil then roast... grate into pancakes... etc!

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E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

(615)

on December 31, 2012
at 06:10 PM

throw out your microwave.. IMO

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791063eb56bfbca325a4539541945063

on December 31, 2012
at 11:16 PM

microwaves cause cancer. nuking all your food is bad just boil it, bake or roast it.stop being lazy. modern human in the 21st century are too concerned with convenience.

7e13e284a1bafd7b4de14a50ee96140c

(322)

on May 09, 2013
at 03:25 AM

i used to not microwave anything, but slowly reheating it on the stove. Out of convenience i started microwaving my food. I don't notice any difference from the change. I do notice big effects from how/what time i eat, exercse, sleep..the big stuff There are more important factors to worry about when it comes to a healthy lifestyle than the microwave.

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