There is a family recipe which calls for either canned or fresh sweet potatoes or yams. Is there any practical difference in preparation? Sweetness level? Does the cooking process matter (it's a baked pan of mashed potatoes)?

  • Is there a prior step like "Mashed yams, either canned or cooked fresh"? Since they'd have to be cooked before mashing, once they're in the pan, it'd be all the same.
    – SourDoh
    Nov 20, 2014 at 20:21
  • It just mentions that they need to be cooked while preparing, if fresh.
    – NoahM
    Nov 20, 2014 at 21:04

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In preparation, there shouldn't be differences beyond the obvious (cook the fresh, drain the canned, etc), but the flavor will be different. Canned yams are frequently packed in syrup, which will make them very sweet. Some people think that canned goods taste "like can" as well. On the other side, the method used to cook the yams will effect the texture and flavor (boiled will have less flavor and be softer than roasted, etc).

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