Yams are a delicious, healthy food that can be used in many different recipes. But, if you want to preserve your yams in the freezer or in a jar, there are some steps you need to take before you begin the preservation process. Thoroughly wash and cook your yams. Make sure they are completely cooked through before you do any additional preparation. Wash your jars and lids thoroughly with hot water and soap. Rinse them off well after washing them so that there is no soap residue left on the jars or lids.
If you want to freeze your yams, place them in freezer bags after they have been cooked and cooled down completely (but before they go into the jars). Label each bag with the name of what is in it (e.g., “yam”) so that later on when you are ready to use them again, it will be easy for you to tell which one has what kind inside without having to open up every single one first just by looking at it first before pulling out whichever one might be desired at that moment instead of wasting any time while waiting around until someone else comes along.
Preserving yams is a great way to extend their shelf life, so you can enjoy them for longer. You can preserve yams by either canning or freezing them. Canning involves processing the yams in a pressure cooker, while freezing involves cooking the yams and then putting them in freezer bags or containers.
“Yam is a favorite root vegetable in many parts of the world, including Africa and Asia. It’s available year-round, but it tastes best when purchased during the fall months. However, to make sure that you can enjoy yam throughout the entire year, consider preserving it by drying or freezing it. Here’s how to preserve your yams so they’re good as new when you want to use them.”
Peel yams and Cut into cubes.
To peel a yam, use a sharp knife to trim off the ends of the tuber. Then, cut down one side of the yam and remove skin in strips with your knife.
After peeling, cut yam into 1-inch cubes and place in bowl of cold water for 20 minutes to 1 hour so they won’t turn dark when they are cooked. (If you are using small sweet potatoes or baby yams with tender skins, skip this step.)
Wash and parboil sliced yams for 5 minutes.
- Wash the sliced yams with water and scrub gently, especially around the skin where any dirt may be hiding.
- Parboil the yam slices in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain them and set aside to cool down before refrigerating or freezing them for later use.
Drain water and set aside.
The next step is to drain the water from the yams. Yams are not cooked in water, but rather just parboiled (or boiled) and drained. This ensures that they won’t be too soggy, which would make them difficult to enjoy when served later on.
In a dry pot or pan dry the yam slices on a low heat until colour changes slightly.
To dry out your yam slices, place them in a dry pot or pan and cook on a low heat until the colour changes slightly. Once all moisture has evaporated, remove from heat. The result is crispy yam pieces with an increased crunch and more flavourful taste. This method also makes for a healthier and more nutritious snack.
Spread on a tray to cool.
Spread the yams on a baking tray and place in the fridge for one hour to cool. Cooling the yams helps to preserve their colour, flavour, texture and nutritional value.
Store in an air-tight container and place in fridge.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Place in the fridge or freezer.
Yam can be preserved in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Yam can be preserved in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. The length of time yams will last varies depending on the variety and how they are stored.
In general, yams should be kept in an airtight container and stored in either a cool, dark place or the refrigerator if you want to preserve them for less than 2 weeks. When storing yams in the fridge, make sure that they’re dry before putting them into an airtight container so as not to promote mold growth or spoilage due to dampness.
If you wish to preserve your yam for longer than 2 weeks (or even up to 6 months), then freezing is recommended since this will help prevent any further deterioration of quality over time–especially when compared with fresh fruits or vegetables that tend to lose their aroma and taste once thawed out again after being frozen solid.
Preserving yam is so easy, and you should try it. To preserve your yam, follow these steps: peel the yams and cut them into cubes. Then wash and parboil the sliced yams for 5 minutes. Drain water and set aside. In a dry pot or pan dry the yam slices on a low heat until colour changes slightly. Spread on a tray to cool. Store in an air-tight container and place in fridge. Yam can be preserved in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.