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Boiling sweet potatoes is a simple yet effective way to cook them, and the cooking time depends primarily on their size and desired level of doneness:

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Boiling sweet potatoes is a simple yet effective way to cook them, and the cooking time depends primarily on their size and desired level of doneness:

Cooking Time:

  • Small sweet potatoes (1-2 inches in diameter): 15-20 minutes
  • Medium sweet potatoes (2-3 inches in diameter): 20-25 minutes
  • Large sweet potatoes (3-4 inches in diameter): 25-30 minutes
  • Extra large sweet potatoes (over 4 inches in diameter): 30-40 minutes

Factors influencing cooking time:

  • Starting water temperature: Using hot water can slightly decrease the cooking time compared to cold water.
  • Cutting the sweet potatoes: Cutting them into smaller pieces like cubes or halves will naturally cook faster than leaving them whole.

Here's the general process for boiling sweet potatoes:

  1. Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
  2. Place them in a large pot and cover them with cold water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot partially, and simmer for the recommended time based on the size.
  5. Check for doneness: Use a fork to pierce through the thickest part of the sweet potato. If it slides in easily with no resistance, it's cooked through.
  6. Drain the water and enjoy! You can mash them, drizzle them with butter or olive oil, or use them in various recipes.

Additional tips:

  • Don't overcook the sweet potatoes. This can result in mushy and flavorless potatoes.
  • Seasoning the water (optional): While not necessary, you can add salt, sugar, or spices like cinnamon or cloves to the boiling water for additional flavor.
  • Peeling vs. leaving the skin on: You can peel the sweet potatoes before boiling for a smoother texture. However, leaving the skin on preserves some nutrients and fiber.
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