Q. Christmas is coming, and I’m anticipating having some leftovers from the large family dinner that I will be cooking. No matter how hard I try to scale back, I always end up making more food than I need. I have a plan for how to handle most of my leftovers, but cooked sweet potatoes always stump me, and I usually end up throwing them out. I want to change that pattern this year, but I’m unsure about the best way to freeze them, or if they can even be frozen in the first place. Can you freeze cooked sweet potatoes?
A. Yes, you absolutely can freeze cooked sweet potatoes. Actually, cooked sweet potatoes freeze much better than regular potatoes, and don’t become grainy or lose their texture after being thawed. Sweet potatoes are a great candidate for freezing, provided that you protect them against freezer burn.
How to freeze cooked sweet potatoes?
To freeze cooked sweet potatoes, first allow the potatoes to cool completely. Then, freeze them as soon as possible to maintain quality and freshness. If freezing leftovers, store the cooked sweet potatoes in the refrigerator until ready for freezing.
For whole cooked sweet potatoes, wrap each individual sweet potato in a double layer of plastic wrap, ensuring that no part of the sweet potato is exposed to the air. Then, place the wrapped potatoes into a freezer bag or a hard freezer-safe container. Seal the freezer bag or container, then label and date the package. Place the sweet potatoes in the coldest part of the freezer for even freezing.
To freeze mashed cooked sweet potatoes, scoop the desired amount of sweet potatoes into a freezer bag or hard freezer-safe container. For freezer bags, squeeze out the excess air, then seal the bag. For hard sided containers, place a layer of plastic wrap over the top of the sweet potatoes before sealing the container, to protect against freezer burn. Seal the container. Label and date the package, and then place in the freezer.
To thaw frozen cooked sweet potatoes, remove from the freezer and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight, until thawed completely. They can also be defrosted in the microwave. Reheat on the stove, in a preheated oven, or in the microwave. For best results, eat previously frozen cooked sweet potatoes within two to three days of thawing. It is not recommended to refreeze previously frozen cooked sweet potatoes.