Baking Yams

Tips on Baking Yams

Yams and baking yams has become a favorite dish in many parts of the world, especially in the southern United States. These orange sweet potatoes were first introduced in the south many decades ago, and because producers did not want any confusion with regular potatoes, they began to call these sweet potatoes, yams. Although these two plants are very similar, they are not exactly the same.

The word yams, is derived from the African word "nyami", and it is this word that was used when referring to this sweet potatoes like plant. In the United States yams are a potato like food that has orange flesh. Although yams and sweet potatoes are very much alike, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that the word yam be present on all packaging of this food.

Sweet potatoes and baking yams are a great food source for those people who like to be health conscious. At one time yams were mainly prepared as a holiday treat, but today people are paying a lot more attention to their health and yams have become a year around dish in many parts of the world.

There are as many ways to prepare yams, as there is to prepare potatoes. Baking yams with herbs and spices make a very delicious dish, but there are several ways in which you can use yams. People use smashed yams to feed babies; in addition to using yams in salads, breads, deserts, casseroles, and even in main dishes. Yams are really a fantastic way to add color as well as nutrients to any dish.

Yams can be baked or boiled, and they keep well in the freezer for later use. To freeze yams for later use you will first want to wash them, and then boil or bake them until they have become just slightly soft. If you are boiling them, it is important that you drain them as soon as they are ready so they do not become overdone and mushy. You will then need to let the yams cool completely before placing them in freezing bags.

Some helpful hints for baking yams include baking large batches; this will save you a lot of time and energy.