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Sous Vide for infinite shelf life

No, you most certainly haven't. First off - boiling water is not sufficient to sterilize it. Even if you could raise the water to your 215 F (101 C) point (unless you live beside the Dead Sea you won'...
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How can I make sweet potato fries soggy?

the reason you haven't found any recipes for soggy sweet potato fries is because of one simple fact: soggy is the default state for oven fries, unless you do something to specifically make the crispy. ...
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standard way to make crispy sweet potato fries?

Freezing fries opens up their texture and makes them more fluffy. This is helpful for regular fries or sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes have too much sugar and not enough starch to crisp up on ...
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How to fry crispy chips but not too brown?

Thickness is important and there are different strategies for dealing with different thicknesses. But if you're having a problem getting them dry and crisp in the center before the exterior browns ...
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Suitable alternative to cast iron pan for sweet potato cornbread

Hi Lisa and welcome to Seasoned Advice! What you don't want is a thin pan. You will run the risk of burning, especially on the bottom. But it's not all bad news. Cast iron is thick and while it will ...
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Temperature and Duration for Baking Sweet Potatoes

Based on everything you provided in your question, the best thing to do is for you to do at least a series of timed trials and ideally timed trials at different temperatures. There is not enough to ...
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Air fried sweet potatoes have black dots on them

Those are just burnt or almost-burnt spots where the sugars in the sweet potatoes caramelized a bit too much. It's possible the potatoes are still palatable - taste them.
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Does adding baking soda to steam sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker help with caramelization?

The need for contact is correct, but not really the issue here (else you could have pre-rubbed your potatoes). Both caramelization and Maillard reaction (which are different things) require rather ...
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standard way to make crispy sweet potato fries?

The above recipe is valid but tedious. Try recipe below without the freezing part. Sweet potatoes do need a coating for crispness to replicate the double fry method achieved with potatoes. This ...
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Holes inside a sweet potato

Okay, after looking around a bit, I think the proper description of the sweet potato in your picture is 'pithy'. And I saw some pics where this condition had progressed much further than it had in ...
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How to find a good sweet potato fry cutter?

You can improve the operation of the sweet potato cutter by microwaving the potato for about a minute and cutting off the ends to square it up against the blade. And don't try to cut with one push. ...
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Sweet potato storage?

Livingston, California's sweet potato packing sheds store sweet potatoes for up to a year. Each year's crop is harvested from late August into early October. They are kept in the dark, in either 20 ...
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Any way to make mashed sweet potatoes less stringy?

Boil them chopped into large portions - skin on with a slit in the skin for easy peel back. The fibrous areas pull away from the ‘meat’ along with the skin. Much easier than peeling before boiling ...
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Why Is My White Sweet Potato Turning Black?

It is, as you said, oxidation. As soon as you cut them, put them in a bowl under water. Kills the oxygen supply/reaction.
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Drying sweet potatoes sticks

If the discolouration is white, it's most likely sugar crystallising on the outside, so nothing to worry about. For the dehydrator, you can go fairly hot for sweet potatoes - I would use 80-90 °C for ...
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How can I make sweet potato fries soggy?

Here's a life hack for you: When heating your oil, constantly poke a chopstick into the heating oil to touch the bottom of the pot/fryer. When micro bubbles begin to come out of the tip of the ...
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I need to substitute fresh yams for canned, but I want the sweetness

If you want to devote the time to get the maximum sweetness, you can take advantage of natural enzymes to accomplish your goal. If you can hold your yams between 135 and 170°F (57 and 77°C) for a ...
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Air-fried sweet potatoes come up dry and tough?

Use a higher temperature, say 210ºC, and must pre-heat for 6-7 minutes.
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Sweet potatoes stored in direct sunlight

Sweet potatoes are not in the potato family (Solanaceae) and as you say, do not develop solanine, or other glycoalkaloids such as chaconine. The only toxin they are listed as having in Medical ...
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Does adding baking soda to steam sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker help with caramelization?

An alkaline environment does indeed speed flavor reactions (enzymatic and non-enzymatic). You can create an alkaline environment with the addition of baking soda, as you point out. However there is a ...
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Why is my purple sweet potato brown?

That's a yam, not a sweet potato. Looks like tropical rot. Probably had one or more insects get into it in the monsoon season. Looks like a fungus infection to me. Too wet a soil.
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How can I get sweet potato skin to caramelize without baking?

A microwave with a grill (broiler) element does this. You need to turn the sweet potatoes over a couple of times to get reasonably even coverage. Better still is a microwave with a combination ...
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Suitable alternative to cast iron pan for sweet potato cornbread

A recipe calling for a cast iron pan is likely going to rely on the properties of that pan, to make the recipe work as it should. That doesn't mean you can't make it without the proper pan - if thin ...
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Sweet potatoes: to cook or not to cook?

I would prefer cooking them first. Sun-dried sweet potatoes do exist in some parts of Asia as a snack. They are chewy chunks rather than crispy slices as shown in your link. There are also freeze-...
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Any way to make mashed sweet potatoes less stringy?

It might come down to technique. I've had good luck with baking sweet potatoes whole (unpeeled), and then mashing them. But because I know the strands tend to run along the long axis, I cut it into ...
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Cooking "purple sweet potatoes" or "purple yams"

All yams are best when they are baked at 400 degrees F. Put them on a cookie sheet on top of a piece of foil to catch the drips. This is the best way to preserve the flavor and sweetness. They are ...
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