Yams are a sweet, starchy vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes. They have a thick skin, and their flesh is white or purple in color. You can buy them fresh or frozen, but before storing them at home, you should know how long they will last. Yams are a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be used in soups, stews, casseroles, and more. They’re also packed with vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, and vitamin C. If you buy yams in bulk or grow them yourself, it’s important that you know how to store yams at home so they stay fresh and tasty.
It is important to store yams correctly so that they do not spoil and become unsafe to eat. They will keep for about six months when stored properly. If you do not want to eat the yams within this time frame, then freezing them is the best option. This can be done by placing the peeled yams into freezer bags or containers with tight-fitting lids and storing them in the freezer until you need them again later on down the line. Storing these vegetables correctly will ensure that they keep their nutritional value intact as well as prevent them from going bad too quickly after purchase and use so that nothing goes to waste.
If you want to store yams in your pantry, you should know that they’re best stored in a cool, dry place with plenty of air circulation. The best way to store them is by keeping them in a paper bag inside of a cardboard box. This will keep the yams from getting too much moisture and from drying out too quickly. If you plan on storing your yams for long periods of time (more than two weeks), it’s important that you make sure they’re kept at a temperature between 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) and 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius).
Yams are a root vegetable that belong to the Dioscoreaceae family, which also includes lilies and grasses. Yams are native to Africa, Asia, and parts of Oceania. The scientific name for yam is Dioscorea. Yams vary in size from that of a small potato to a record 130 pounds. They are starchy tubers with brown or black skin depending on the variety and off-white flesh. They have less sugar and more fiber than sweet potatoes – often called yams in North America – making them lower in calories and carbohydrates than their orange cousins. While yams are known as an African staple, they play an important role in many cuisines across the world due to their versatility. They can be used as a substitute for other vegetables like potatoes and rice, cooked into stews or soups, made into flour, mashed like potatoes (without butter), sliced thin for chips…the list goes on.
What Are Yams?
Yams are a sweet root vegetable that have been cultivated for at least 3,000 years. The most popular yam is the white variety (or simply, “yam”), which comes from Africa. Yams are also known as sweet potatoes and can be eaten raw or cooked. They’re high in carbohydrates and provide vitamins A, B and C; iron; fiber; potassium; calcium.
Types Of Yams
There are several varieties of yam, but they all fall into two categories: dry and moist. The moist types include the Beauregard and Garnet yams, while the dry varieties include the Burbank and Centennial. The differences between these two types can be subtle at first glance, but upon closer inspection will reveal some key distinctions.
Yams have brown skin with a light purple tint. Sweet potatoes have a dark orange or yellow skin with white flesh inside that starts out pale when raw but deepens in color as it cooks. They can also be distinguished by their shape: sweet potatoes are long and tapered at both ends while yams are shorter with wide ends that bulge slightly. Sweet potato flesh is firm with a smooth texture when cooked; yam flesh has more gelatinous mouthfeel because it contains more water than its cousin vegetable does
How Long Do Yams Last?
Yams can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week. However, if you’re planning to keep them longer than that, it’s best to store them in a cool, dry place away from light and heat.
You can also freeze yams for up to 6 months by blanching them first (placing them in boiling water for 1 minute). This technique works best when freezing individual pieces of yam like fries or chips; if you’re planning on storing your own yams whole instead of processed into fries or other forms, then they will last longer without being pre-forked first.
If you want something more convenient than freezing and thawing at home—and don’t mind paying extra—you can buy canned yams at most grocery stores. These are typically labeled “sweet potatoes” instead of “yams,” so just look out for those words on the label if they’re not labeled separately as sweet potato vs regular potato.”
Storing Fresh Yam
- Store your yams in a cool, dry place.
- Keep them in a plastic bag or container.
- They should be kept in the fridge or crisper drawer of your refrigerator. In some fridges, especially very old ones, this may not be possible simply because there isn’t enough room for them to fit comfortably without taking up too much space and making it difficult to get at other things that are stored there. If this is the case with your fridge and you don’t want to buy a new one just for yams (or other veggies), try placing them somewhere else in the vegetable crisper compartment instead of throwing them out altogether.
Storing Cooked Yam
When storing cooked yams, store them in the refrigerator. Keep them in a covered container. Use the yams within three days of cooking them to ensure maximum freshness.
All jars and containers should be washed in hot water before use as well as any bags used to store your food after it has been cooked.
Fresh yams should not be stored with cooked yams because they can become moldy and spoiled faster than they would on their own when stored properly
Fresh and cooked yams have different storage needs.
You’ll find yams at the supermarket in two forms: fresh and cooked. Fresh yams should be stored in a cool, dry place and will last for several months. Cooked yams should not be refrigerated, but rather stored in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature for several days to a week before eating.
- To store fresh yams: Place them in a cool, dark area away from strong-smelling foods such as onions and garlic. Do not refrigerate or freeze them as this will cause them to rot faster.
- To store cooked yams: Store cooked yams in an airtight container or plastic bag with all moisture squeezed out of it (like you would do when preparing potatoes). Refrigeration can cause condensation on your containers and damage their contents so don’t put them there.