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Old 01-25-2006, 02:54 PM
Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Earl Snake-Hips Tucker is offline
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Why do white potatoes cook faster than sweet potatoes?

I’m aware that although they both carry the name “potato” that they are plants from totally different families. A white potato seems to cook quicker in a microwave than a sweet potato of similar size. (Maybe in a convection oven, too, but I’ve never tried to time them.) Is there a reason, or is there a flaw in my anecdotal observations?
Old 01-25-2006, 03:08 PM
panache45 panache45 is offline
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Originally Posted by Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
. . . they are plants from totally different families.
You answered your own question. The only similarity is that they have similar names in English, but they're entirely different vegetables.
Old 01-25-2006, 03:14 PM
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My guess: greater moisture content in the just plain potato.
Old 01-26-2006, 02:09 AM
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:24 AM
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IMHO sweet potatos cook faster than white ones!
I usually boil sweet potatoes for 15 minutes, and white potatoes for 20.
It seems to work.


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