Sa-weet Sweet Potatoes!

Posted By on October 31, 2009

SP Beauregard

Living up to the marvel at the way things grow in this chocolate angel food-like dirt, the Beauregard Sweet Potatoes were right there at the top of the list of ‘Things Grown Wild!’  Darling Husbie planted six plants ~ four Beauregard and two Vardaman.  Neither one of us had ever seen a sweet potato plant grow before.  They are really quite pretty with their deep green leaves and dainty purple flowers.

Sweet potatoes are another one of those ‘mystery’ plants.  You can’t really see the magnificent fruits of your labor, like you can with, say, a tomato plant, until it’s harvest time and you dig them up.  Needless to say, Husbie and I were astonished at the results of our labor ~ which consisted only of sticking six plants in the ground and then mulching around them ~ when he started turning that dirt over!

Total sweet potato harvest resulted in a bounty of 86 pounds.  Now, not knowing much about sweet potatoes, we don’t know if that’s a good haul or not from six plants.  But, we’re guessing it’s pretty good.  The Vardaman plants only produced about 10 pounds.  We’re very glad we had those Beauregards!  In our opinion, the Beauregards are far superior in flavor, too.

The photo above depicts three of the Beauregards.  Husbie wanted me to add something in the photo to help provide a reference of size, so we decided on a stick of butter since everyone is familiar with one of those.  The sweet potato in the center, albeit somewhat alien-like, weighed in at 5 and 1/4 pounds by itself!

SP Vardamans

Here are the three largest Vardamans.  Completely different creatures, indeed.  We have decided we won’t be getting any Vardamans next year.

We noticed that some of the sweet potatoes were just slightly starting to get soft in the storage box.  Not willing to risk losing any of these luscious roots, I spent the day yesterday processing all the sweet potatoes.  We’ve eaten a few of them since Husbie harvested them, and we’ve shared several with friends ~ I’m guessing there was probably still 50 of the 86 pounds left.  All I know for sure is that it took me a good 5 to 6 hours to get them all done!

SP Chunks

I started with that 5 and 1/4 pounder.  Getting that thing done made a big dent in the pile and took away some of that ‘this is going to take me forever‘ feeling.  I peeled the potatoes and chopped them into approximately 2″ chunks.

SP Pot

I have two large stockpots, and I utilized them both.  I created sort of an assembly line that ended up working quite well, actually.  I peeled and chopped enough potatoes to fill one pot and got it on the stove to boil.  While the first pot came to a boil, I worked on peeling and chopping potatoes to fill the second pot.

SP Mashed

By the time I had the second pot filled, the potatoes in the first pot were tender and ready to go into the mixer to be whipped.  I removed the first pot from the stove and put the second pot in its place.  I drained the water from the first pot and dumped the potato chunks into the mixing bowl ~ boy, was I ever grateful for that 6-quart bowl!  The only ingredient I added to the potatoes was a stick of butter because, seriously, these things are just pure, natural sweet bliss.  So, I did that rendition a total of four times.

SP Scoops

Then, I decided to try something my clever friend, Laura over at Ten Things Farm, had posted about while she was processing her ‘scratch and dent’ potatoes.  Individual servings of sweet potato.  I think this is one of the neatest things since the invention of sliced bread!  You just use your ice cream scoop to create mashed potato balls.  Place the sheet in the freezer, and then store in gallon-size Zip-Loc bags once the balls are frozen.  Whenever you want a serving of sweet potatoes, just take out a ball or two and heat ~ you could add salt and pepper or brown sugar and cinnamon at that time, if you really wanted to.  How sweet is that?!

At the end of the day, we ended up with five large Rubbermaid containers and four sheets of sweet potato balls in the freezer.  What a sweet blessing for us ~ especially on those bitterly cold days when the snow falls sideways. 

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3 Hugs in response to “Sa-weet Sweet Potatoes!”

  1. WOW!!!!!!! Incredible harvest. Sweet potato is one of my all time fav’s sooooo many options. Great idea for the individual frozen serving. I am always peeking in at Laura’s Blog too! She has such great info.
    Looks like God has Abundantly Blessed you sweetie!
    Hugs and Prayers, GG

  2. that is such a good idea, and so simple…….

    Gill in Canada

  3. Give it a whirl, Gill. Freezing all these potatoes this way is really going to come in handy!

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