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    Shadowdog Guest

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    Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?

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    jmcquown Guest

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    "Shadowdog" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?




    Technically, yams do not grow in the United States. Sweet potatoes do.
    Hence the name, sweet potato pie. That should answer your question

    Jill


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    zxcvbob Guest

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    Shadowdog wrote:
    > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?



    As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. The terms are used
    interchangeably.

    Bob

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    Shadowdog Guest

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    On Nov 9, 10:31*am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > Shadowdog wrote:
    > > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?

    >
    > As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    > market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. *The terms are used
    > interchangeably.
    >
    > Bob


    In the stores around here, they sell a yellow tuber which they call a
    sweet potato and an orange tuber which they call a yam. I know they
    are related and what we call yams are not true yams. But in cooking I
    have found the yellow "sweet potato" to be drier without much
    sweetness and the orange "yam" to be much sweeter. Which is the
    traditional version used in making pies. I usually use the yellow
    skinned one in cooking sweet potato and apple cassaroles, but think it
    would be too dry for the pie.

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    zxcvbob Guest

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    Shadowdog wrote:
    > On Nov 9, 10:31 am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    >> Shadowdog wrote:
    >>> Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?

    >> As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    >> market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. The terms are used
    >> interchangeably.
    >>
    >> Bob

    >
    > In the stores around here, they sell a yellow tuber which they call a
    > sweet potato and an orange tuber which they call a yam. I know they
    > are related and what we call yams are not true yams. But in cooking I
    > have found the yellow "sweet potato" to be drier without much
    > sweetness and the orange "yam" to be much sweeter. Which is the
    > traditional version used in making pies. I usually use the yellow
    > skinned one in cooking sweet potato and apple cassaroles, but think it
    > would be too dry for the pie.



    Traditional is whichever you have available :-) I would probably use
    the dark orange or reddish ones if I had a choice.

    Bob

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    poop on toast Guest

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    On Nov 9, 12:23*pm, Shadowdog <cmarge...@earthlink.net> wrote:
    > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?


    Well, since yams are not the same as sweet potatoes, I would assume
    sweet potatoes would be the answer.

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    .. Stu .. Guest

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    On Mon, 9 Nov 2009 10:23:57 -0800 (PST), Shadowdog <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    -->Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?


    I've found the Jam makes a better pie because of it's firmer flesh.

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    .. Stu .. Guest

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    On Mon, 09 Nov 2009 12:31:14 -0600, zxcvbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    -->Shadowdog wrote:
    -->> Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?
    -->
    -->
    -->As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    -->market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. The terms are used
    -->interchangeably.
    -->
    -->Bob

    What Bob said is absolutely true.
    The softer, orange variety is commonly marketed as a yam in parts of North
    America, a practice intended to differentiate it from the firmer, white
    variety. The USDA requires that sweet potatoes labelled as "yams" also be
    labelled as "sweet potatoes".

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    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

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    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Shadowdog <[email protected]> wrote:

    > In the stores around here, they sell a yellow tuber which they call a
    > sweet potato and an orange tuber which they call a yam. I know they
    > are related and what we call yams are not true yams. But in cooking I
    > have found the yellow "sweet potato" to be drier without much
    > sweetness and the orange "yam" to be much sweeter. Which is the
    > traditional version used in making pies. I usually use the yellow
    > skinned one in cooking sweet potato and apple cassaroles, but think it
    > would be too dry for the pie.


    That's interesting. I find the lighter colored sweet potatoes to
    taste sweeter. I don't know if the color in them adds something to the
    flavor like peaches, nectarines and cranberries (I hate the white
    versions, they just taste sweet and insipid), but they taste better and
    richer to me when they have the color in them.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    Ranee at Arabian Knits Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    .. Stu .. <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The USDA requires that sweet potatoes labelled as "yams" also be
    > labelled as "sweet potatoes".


    Evidently, they haven't told any grocery stores in the PNW about this.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    jmcquown Guest

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    "Shadowdog" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Nov 9, 10:31 am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > Shadowdog wrote:
    > > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?

    >
    > As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    > market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. The terms are used
    > interchangeably.
    >
    > Bob


    In the stores around here, they sell a yellow tuber which they call a
    sweet potato and an orange tuber which they call a yam. I know they
    are related and what we call yams are not true yams. But in cooking I
    have found the yellow "sweet potato" to be drier without much
    sweetness and the orange "yam" to be much sweeter. Which is the
    traditional version used in making pies. I usually use the yellow
    skinned one in cooking sweet potato and apple cassaroles, but think it
    would be too dry for the pie.



    The sweet potatoes I buy are definitely not yellow. They're orange. And
    sweet

    Jill


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    dsi1 Guest

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    Shadowdog wrote:
    > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?


    I think whichever one has more color cause it looks better. Oddly
    enough, I bought a can of yams because it had a recipe of sweet potato
    praline pie on the label. I'm gonna make this cause I'm getting tired of
    pumpkin pie.

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    Shadowdog Guest

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    On Nov 9, 12:06*pm, "jmcquown" <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > "Shadowdog" <cmarge...@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    > On Nov 9, 10:31 am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    >
    > > Shadowdog wrote:
    > > > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?

    >
    > > As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    > > market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. The terms are used
    > > interchangeably.

    >
    > > Bob

    >
    > In the stores around here, they sell a yellow tuber which they call a
    > sweet potato and an orange tuber which they call a yam. *I know they
    > are related and what we call yams are not true yams. *But in cooking I
    > have found the yellow "sweet potato" to be drier without much
    > sweetness and the orange "yam" to be much sweeter. *Which is the
    > traditional version used in making pies. *I usually use the yellow
    > skinned one in cooking sweet potato and apple cassaroles, but think it
    > would be too dry for the pie.
    >
    > The sweet potatoes I buy are definitely not yellow. *They're orange. *And
    > sweet
    >
    > Jill


    Those are what here out west are called "yams" and what are used in
    those cans labeled candied yams in the stores. I agree they are sweet
    and orange.

    Thanks everybody. Kind of sounds like I should use the orange
    critters be they called yams or sweet potatoes.

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    gloria.p Guest

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    zxcvbob wrote:
    > Shadowdog wrote:
    >> Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?

    >
    >
    > As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    > market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. The terms are used
    > interchangeably.
    >
    > Bob



    Y'all are being deliberately dense. He's obviously referring to
    yellow vs. dark orange sweet potatoes.

    gloria p

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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    Shadowdog wrote:
    > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?


    The orange ones. Here's our favorite recipe for sweet potato pie.
    Supposedly the alcohol in the Bourbon cooks out. We don't think it does
    entirely, but the pie is really great.


    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Sweet Potato Pie

    Recipe By :Jeff Smith
    Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : pies

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    2 cups sweet potato -- cooked, peeled & mashed
    4 tablespoons butter
    3 eggs -- beaten
    1 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1/2 cup bourbon
    1 pie crust -- unbaked

    Boil the sweet potatoes until very tender, then peel and mash them well.
    Mix all ingredients together and place in an unbaked pie shell.

    Place in a 400 degree oven and immediately turn the oven to 325 degrees.

    Bake for about 45 minutes or until the center of the pie is set. Test
    this by inserting a table knife into the center of the pie. If it comes
    out clean, the pie is finished.

    Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top.

    Description:
    "The one with the bourbon"
    Source:
    ""The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American""
    Copyright:
    "1987 The Frugal Gourmet"

    NOTES : Any left over filling can be baked in a baking dish and served
    as a pudding.





    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    George Shirley Guest

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    zxcvbob wrote:
    > Shadowdog wrote:
    >> On Nov 9, 10:31 am, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    >>> Shadowdog wrote:
    >>>> Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?
    >>> As Jill said, anything you buy in the US (without going to a specialty
    >>> market) called a "yam" is really a sweet potato. The terms are used
    >>> interchangeably.
    >>>
    >>> Bob

    >>
    >> In the stores around here, they sell a yellow tuber which they call a
    >> sweet potato and an orange tuber which they call a yam. I know they
    >> are related and what we call yams are not true yams. But in cooking I
    >> have found the yellow "sweet potato" to be drier without much
    >> sweetness and the orange "yam" to be much sweeter. Which is the
    >> traditional version used in making pies. I usually use the yellow
    >> skinned one in cooking sweet potato and apple cassaroles, but think it
    >> would be too dry for the pie.

    >
    >
    > Traditional is whichever you have available :-) I would probably use
    > the dark orange or reddish ones if I had a choice.
    >
    > Bob


    Here's the truth behind the sweet potato/yam name.

    http://www.foodreference.com/html/lo...-potatoes.html

    It was all a marketing ploy from about 70 years ago or more in Louisiana.

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    .. Stu .. Guest

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    On Mon, 09 Nov 2009 11:51:17 -0800, Ranee at Arabian Knits
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    -->In article <[email protected]>,
    --> .. Stu .. <[email protected]> wrote:
    -->
    -->> The USDA requires that sweet potatoes labelled as "yams" also be
    -->> labelled as "sweet potatoes".
    -->
    --> Evidently, they haven't told any grocery stores in the PNW about this.
    -->

    but it's the truth

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    Omelet Guest

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    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Shadowdog <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Which is better for sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes or yams?


    Last one my brother in law made, he used Butternut squash. ;-)

    It was divine.

    IOW, I don't think it really matters.

    For the record, I saw real yams (white fleshed) at sprouts last week
    when I went shopping with my sister. Asian markets often sell them too.
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    Becca Guest

    Default Re: Shocking Discovery, was: Re: Sweet Potato Pie

    George Shirley wrote:
    > Here's the truth behind the sweet potato/yam name.
    >
    > http://www.foodreference.com/html/lo...-potatoes.html
    >
    > It was all a marketing ploy from about 70 years ago or more in Louisiana.



    Interesting article, thanks for posting it. I love yams... or sweet
    potatoes, whatever you call them.


    Becca

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    Doug Freyburger Guest

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    Shadowdog wrote:
    >
    > In the stores around here, they sell a yellow tuber which they call a
    > sweet potato and an orange tuber which they call a yam. I know they
    > are related and what we call yams are not true yams. But in cooking I
    > have found the yellow "sweet potato" to be drier without much
    > sweetness and the orange "yam" to be much sweeter. Which is the
    > traditional version used in making pies. I usually use the yellow
    > skinned one in cooking sweet potato and apple cassaroles, but think it
    > would be too dry for the pie.


    Based only on color I'd go with the darker type. I like sweet potato
    pie to have a color closer to pumpkin pie than to lemon pie.

    Sometimes I think the yellow ones are more stringy than the orange ones.
    I'm not sure if that's because they are smaller and thus less forgiving
    of being orver cooked or under cooked so I cook them less. It sounds
    like you cook them drier for a similar reason.

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