The more I learn about food and cooking the more I like trying new kitchen gadgets. Even though some kitchen gadgets have been on the market for years many are new to my kitchen. I had heard about the virtues of a vegetable brush. It cleans off the skins of veggies like carrots or potatoes so I can keep the skins of veggies on and cook them. I love the idea being able to keep the skin on because it contains phytonutrients and fiber. The first time I used a vegetable brush on some red potatoes I saw how easy it was to get the dirt and grime off potatoes. It makes cleaning my vegetables so easy. Who would have thought such a small little gadget would make my cooking so much easier ?
Friday, April 1, 2011
One question people ask me all the time is what is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes. I think this is a great question too so I did a little research and this is what I came up with as an answer for you.
The similarity is that they are both tubers or fleshy root but they are not related at all. The confusion apparently started during slavery times when there were two main varieties of sweet potatoes. In order to differentiate between the two types slaves started calling the softer type “yams” because they were the most similar to yams found in Africa. The mis-labeling has continued to today. Here are some basic differences.