Sweet potatoes are a versatile and nutritious vegetable that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you are baking, boiling, or roasting sweet potatoes, it is important to know how to weigh them correctly in order to ensure accurate measurements for recipes and proper portion control.
When it comes to weighing sweet potatoes, there is a difference between weighing them raw and weighing them cooked. Here are some tips for weighing sweet potatoes both raw and cooked:
Weighing sweet potatoes raw
When weighing sweet potatoes raw, start by selecting the right size and quantity of sweet potatoes for your recipe or meal. Sweet potatoes come in different sizes, so it's important to choose the right one for your needs.
To weigh sweet potatoes raw, use a kitchen scale. Place the scale on a flat, level surface and set it to zero. Then, place the sweet potato on the scale and take note of the weight. If you're using a recipe that calls for a specific weight of sweet potato, make sure to weigh the sweet potato before peeling and chopping it.
Weighing sweet potatoes cooked
When weighing sweet potatoes that have been cooked, it's important to note that their weight will change due to the loss of moisture during the cooking process. This means that the weight of the sweet potato will be less than its raw weight.
To weigh sweet potatoes after cooking, start by weighing them raw as described above. Then, cook the sweet potatoes as desired (e.g. boil, bake, or roast) and let them cool to room temperature. Once the sweet potatoes have cooled, place them on the scale and take note of the weight. The weight of the cooked sweet potato will be less than the raw weight, but this will vary depending on the cooking method used.
In general, you can expect cooked sweet potatoes to weigh around 75-80% of their raw weight. For example, if you start with a raw sweet potato that weighs 500 grams, you can expect the cooked sweet potato to weigh around 375-400 grams.
In conclusion, weighing sweet potatoes correctly is important for accurate measurements in recipes and proper portion control. When weighing sweet potatoes, make sure to weigh them raw before cooking and take note of their weight after they have been cooked and cooled. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your sweet potato dishes turn out perfectly every time.
Coach Kiki McClellan