Yum! Instant Sweet Potatoes
In another article about dehydrating sweet potatoes I stored them shredded and sliced. I then after the fact would grind some of the shredded sweet potatoes to make a sweet potato powder to use in recipies.
Well those days are over. I have found a better way that gives me sweet potato powder with out having to grind shreds. It's a little work up front but oh so time saving in the end. It's kind of like the concept of homestead fast food that I am always talking about. It may take a little time up front but on those oh so busy days when you need fast there they are waiting for you.
These powdered sweet potatoes are great for using in pancakes, breads, pies, cakes, reconstituting and eating plain and using for baby food.
Okay let's get started.
Here is what you need -
Sweet potatoes - I use home grown but you can buy them they all work the same
Potato masher or mixer
Pot or pressure cooker to cook sweet potatoes (if you like you can microwave them also) What ever it takes to get them soft enough to mash will work. (I pressure cook mine because it is fast and it gets them super soft)
Dehydrator- I use an Excalibur 9-tray food dehydrator to get more done in the same amount of time.
Paraflexx sheets or parchment paper to line your screens
Paraflexx is a premium non-stick drying sheet sold by Excalibur Dehydrators that makes dehydrating much easier:
- Non-stick: your dehydrated items slide right off - no more peeling paper off dehydrated food.
- Easy cleanup: just wash with soap and water.
- Reusable and long-lasting: saves you money in the long run. No more buying and cutting paper towels or parchment paper.
To see the selection of Paraflexx Non-Stick Premium Drying Sheets and pick up your own, go to Excalibur Dehydrators.
Grinder - You can use a regular hand grinder, blender or coffee grinder. I usually use a coffee grinder.
Let's get to work -
Wash and peel your sweet potatoes.
Cut into dices or slices. Try to keep them 2 inches or smaller.
If using a pressure cooker follow the direction for your pressure cooker for cooking sweet potatoes. If using a regular pot cover your sweet potatoes with w
ater and cook until they are not just fork tender but tender enough to almost fall apart when poked with a fork.
Once they are fully cooked and super tender mash them up. Mine were so soft after coming out of the pressure cooker that I was able to use a fork to mash them.
Line your trays with the Paraflexx or parchment paper
Spread your mashed sweet potatoes. This is the important part. You must spead them as thin as possible to make them easy to powder after the fact.
Now place your mashed, spread out sweet potatoes in the dehydrator and set the temp. to 125 degrees. Depending on how thin you got them spread is going to depend on how long they take to dry. You can count on about 6 hours or longer.
Once they are all dried you should be able to crack them. They should notbe bendable. They need to be dry enough to crack or break.
Crack all the dried sweet potatoes into pieces as small as you can break them and put them in whatever you are using to powder them. I use a coffee grinder that I use just for the purpose of grinding my dried produce.
When you are grinding them you may find some of the pieces just won't powder. If they are bigger then I just remove them if they are about the size of a bb or smaller then I leave them with the powder. They will rehydrate just fine. The other pieces that were just to big or fiberous to grind I keep in a separate jar and just rehydrate them for other things. They are still yummy they just won't rehydrate as quickly as the powders and other tiny pieces.
Store them in air tight jars in a cool dark place and it will last you for a good year or more (if they actually last that long and you don't eat them). You can also store them in mylar bags if you would like to stor them for long term. The picture below depicts the 1/3 bussel of sweet potatoes after being dried and powdered.