What to do with old sweet potatoes?

March 18, 2024

As Spudsy strives to reduce food waste and embrace sustainable practices in our kitchens, learning how to repurpose aging ingredients is a valuable skill. Sweet potatoes, with their versatile nature and nutrient-rich profile, are perfect candidates for upcycling. In the below, we'll explore creative and delicious ways to breathe new life into old sweet potatoes, turning them from overlooked ingredients into culinary treasures.

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  1. Sweet Potato Mash - When sweet potatoes start to soften and lose their firm texture, it's the perfect time to transform them into a velvety mash. Simply peel and boil the sweet potatoes until tender, then mash them with a fork or potato masher. Add a dash of butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup for a comforting side dish that pairs beautifully with roasted meats or as a topping for shepherd's pie.

  2. Sweet Potato Soup - Old sweet potatoes can be repurposed into a hearty and nutritious soup that's perfect for warming up on chilly days. Start by sautéing onions, garlic, and carrots in a pot until softened, then add diced sweet potatoes, vegetable broth, and your favorite seasonings. Simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender, then blend until smooth for a creamy and satisfying soup. Garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of fresh herbs for added flavor.

  3. Sweet Potato Pancakes - Grated sweet potatoes add a sweet and earthy flavor to traditional pancake batter, making them a delicious way to use up old sweet potatoes. Simply mix grated sweet potatoes with flour, eggs, milk, and a pinch of baking powder to create a thick batter. Cook the pancakes on a hot griddle until golden brown and fluffy, then serve with your favorite toppings such as maple syrup, chopped nuts, or fresh fruit for a wholesome breakfast or brunch.

  4. Sweet Potato Fries (A Spudsy Best Seller) - Transform old sweet potatoes into crispy and flavorful fries that are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Cut the sweet potatoes into thin strips, toss them with olive oil, salt, and your favorite spices, then spread them out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through for even cooking. Serve the fries hot with ketchup, aioli, or your favorite dipping sauce for a tasty snack or side dish.

  5. Sweet Potato Casserole - Old sweet potatoes can be reinvented into a decadent and comforting casserole that's perfect for special occasions or holiday gatherings. Mash the sweet potatoes with brown sugar, butter, and warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, then spread the mixture into a baking dish. Top with a crunchy streusel made from oats, flour, butter, and pecans, then bake until bubbly and golden brown. Serve the casserole as a side dish or dessert for a memorable and indulgent treat.

With a little creativity and ingenuity, old sweet potatoes can be transformed into a variety of delicious dishes that are both nutritious and satisfying. Whether you're whipping up a batch of sweet potato pancakes for breakfast or simmering a pot of sweet potato soup for dinner, there are endless possibilities for breathing new life into aging ingredients. By embracing the art of upcycling in the kitchen, we can reduce food waste and create flavorful meals that nourish both body and soul. 

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