You might look at yams and think there aren’t many ways to use them for cooking, but that’s not true. Yams are actually really versatile when considering all the different ways they can be prepared. They can be pureed, sautéed, and in this case, baked, but don’t let all of these different options overwhelm you. Yams are fairly simple to make, just be sure to bake them in the oven. The yam cook temp I like to use is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And you may ask this. How long to bake yams at 350? Let’s talk about this in this post and hear some tips to make yam in the oven.
You will need to bake yams in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour to get a tender and delicious result. At the end of the baking session, you can expect a naturally sweet and tender yam with a lightly crisped and salted exterior. You want your fork to easily be able to pierce through the skin and scoop out the middle. If the yam isn’t cooked enough, it will be too firm, and a fork won’t be able to accomplish this task without some effort. Baking yams for an hour will make them soft on the inside and crisp on the outside, the perfect combination for a mouthwatering yam.
If you want to bake yams at different temperatures, try using 325 or 375 degrees. If you bake at 325 degrees, you can definitely expect a much higher cooking time, but the results will still be good. The lower the temperature, the longer it takes, but you will be able to retain the moisture in the yams. Make sure to let them bake for as long as needed, if you don’t, the yams will remain solid and tough to eat.
If you decide to bake at 375 degrees, your cooking time will decrease about 20 minutes depending on the size of your yams. Having a faster cooking time is always great, but you may end up with dry and grainy yams as a result. Make sure you keep an eye on your yams to make sure the outside remains golden brown in color.
The best temperature to use for tender and tasty yams is definitely 350 degrees. Using 350 will produce great results without you having to worry about them drying out and becoming grainy. Too low of a temperature will cause you to have to wait longer than an hour to eat. Too high of a temperature will speed up the process, but could result in worse quality. Use whatever temperature works best for you and your circumstances, but 350 is a great one to consider if you want consistently good results.
It’s always great to eat something delicious while knowing how good it is for you. There are many recipes for baked yam in the oven. However, I like to stick to this easy yam recipe. Before you start, go to the store and buy garnet yams, seasonings, olive oil, butter, and parchment paper. And here’s how to cook yams in the oven.
Thoroughly clean the outside of the yams so you can eat the cooked skins without having to worry about dirt
Coat the yams in a layer of olive oil and lightly season the outside with salt and pepper.
Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Place the yams on the tray and space them out evenly.
Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the yams for 1 hour. Take them out and cut them longways down the middle. While they are still warm, place a slice of butter in the middle and season them well. Enjoy!
There are many ways to speed up the process of making baked yams. For starters, make sure to have the yams and other ingredients available for whenever you need them. Uncooked yams can last about a month outside of the fridge if they are stored in a cool, dry, and dark place. Having what you need is a great way to save time and speed things up a little. If you have plans to eat baked yams throughout the week, you’ll be happy to know that you can store them in the fridge for about 4 days. If you want to store them for even longer than that, cooked yams can be frozen and properly stored in an airtight bag for about 1 year. Just know that storing baked yams will take away the crispiness from the skin due to moisture forming.
Yams can easily be considered the shapeshifters of the food world. You can prepare them in so many unique ways, each one being great on their own.
Try cutting them up and throwing them in the fryer to create a sweeter and healthier version of fries.
You can also use yams to make a dessert, just add pineapples, marshmallows, sugar, and butter before you bake it for a little bit.
If you want to make baked yams taste better, try adding some sauce that compliments the flavors you’re looking for. If you want something sweeter, add some honey, if you want something more savory, add ranch or barbeque sauce.
Cooking is such an enjoyable activity, so grab some yams and have fun spending time creating in the kitchen.