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Old 06-03-2016, 09:52 PM   #11
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I like to cut them in half so I can bake them quickly in my toaster oven, and it only takes about 35 minutes on 375 degrees. It would take a lot longer if I baked them whole.


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Microwave it for 3-4 minutes first then into the toaster oven to finish.

...or buy smaller potatoes.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:54 PM   #12
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For a raw sweet potato, I would have used my cleaver. The big one!
Me too. Works like a charm on any hard veggie like squashes, turnip, sweet taters, etc. Why spend too much energy and make the job more difficult.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:56 PM   #13
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Microwave it for 3-4 minutes first then into the toaster oven to finish.

...or buy smaller potatoes.
I think smaller potatoes may be the answerHow long do you think a small sweet potato would take to bake if I don't microwave it first, and what temperature would you use?
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:05 PM   #14
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When you do the first cut, what part of the potato do you start with?


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I'm not sure I understand the question. I lay it on the cutting board and let it find it's own resting point, then I would cut it in half lengthwise. I just start toward the tip of the knife, but with the edge. I don't stab it, I start toward the tip and rock and slice away from me until the knife gets too hard to push. Then I move my left hand on top of the blade and press down, rocking as needed to cut through. I may sort of cup the blade and the potato with the left hand to keep everything steady, but my fingers never go lower than the cutting edge of the knife.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:16 PM   #15
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I'm not sure I understand the question. I lay it on the cutting board and let it find it's own resting point, then I would cut it in half lengthwise. I just start toward the tip of the knife, but with the edge. I don't stab it, I start toward the tip and rock and slice away from me until the knife gets too hard to push. Then I move my left hand on top of the blade and press down, rocking as needed to cut through. I may sort of cup the blade and the potato with the left hand to keep everything steady, but my fingers never go lower than the cutting edge of the knife.

Thanks for clarifying! The rocking motion sounds like the key. I'm not sure I can do that with the santoku I have but I can try.


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Old 06-03-2016, 10:38 PM   #16
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Sweet potatoes cook faster than russets. I nuke then bake @ 400F. Time depends on size. Just keep testing with a knife point.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:22 PM   #17
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Sweet potatoes cook faster than russets. I nuke then bake @ 400F. Time depends on size. Just keep testing with a knife point.

Thanks Andy! I think increasing the temp from 375 to 400 will speed things up a bit. I noticed that when I use the middle rack of the toaster oven the potatoes cook faster. I would have thought they would cook faster on the bottom rack closer to the heat source. Why would that be?


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Thanks Andy! I think increasing the temp from 375 to 400 will speed things up a bit. I noticed that when I use the middle rack of the toaster oven the potatoes cook faster. I would have thought they would cook faster on the bottom rack closer to the heat source. Why would that be?
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:43 PM   #19
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Thanks for clarifying! The rocking motion sounds like the key. I'm not sure I can do that with the santoku I have but I can try.
I do pretty much the same as RP. My primary knife is a Santoku; I think it's 7 inches.
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I do pretty much the same as RP. My primary knife is a Santoku; I think it's 7 inches.
So maybe my 6 1/2" santoku will be able to cut a small sweet potato lengthwise. If not, I'll do what some have suggested and bake it whole. I bought this knife because I didnít have any knives that were heavy enough to go through certain foods. I used to have a Wusthof 8" chef's knife but I returned it because it wasn't manageable for me.
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