Saturday, May 14, 2011

sweet potatoes

i recently acquired a potato ricer at a yard sale, for $8.50. it's a nice, old, steel one, and i was happy to pay the price tag. i have been wanting one for some time, as it's useful in making gnocchi. now that my peanut is about 8 months old and can handle more texture in his food, i have opted to use the potato racer to prepare his steamed foods, in lieu of a grinder, food processor, or magic bullet.

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunks
1.5 C water

cooking instructions
steam the potatoes either using a rice cooker or steamer basket on the stove. i prefer steaming to boiling, because i presume that more nutrients remain in the steamed food. don't oversteam - stop when contents are soft enough to deform with your finger.

preparation & storage
1. fill the "basket" of the ricer about 1/3 - 1/2 way

2. press through, and collect the contents on a plate or in a bowl
3. proceed this way until everything has been, um, riced :)

4. place in containers for storage in the refrigerator or freezer. reminder: stores well for 2 days in the fridge, or 2 weeks in the freezer.

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