How long do you cook sweet potatoes and yams?

20 – 30 min.
Yams and sweet potatoes, as well as regular potatoes take about 20 – 30 minutes to steam (when using whole potatoes) .  When I say steam, I’m referring to the potatoes being over boiling water versus in the water itself.
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This was a really good question and I thought I should share it because even though it seems simple – which it is, it needed an answer.

This is my favorite pot.  It was one of the first pots I ever owned.  It’s the perfect size, versatile and came with a steamer insert, that I use all the time.

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3 quart Revere Ware

When I cook yams or sweet potatoes I prefer to steam them, because in my opinion, they get too watery when boiled.

Make sure you have plenty of water in the bottom pot and check it to make sure it doesn’t dry out.  Set your timer for 20 minutes and poke it with a knife or skewer.  If the knife goes in easily it’s done.  If it doesn’t, cook it for 5 – 10 more minutes or until you can pierce it all the way through.

Another option is to bake them in a 350 degree oven for 45 min. to an hour, but steaming is faster.

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