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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

YAMS — FRESH, RAW

Pantry Refrigerator
Blue Arrow Green Arrow 5-7 days (at normal room temperature)
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 10-12 months
Tips
  • Pantry time shown is for storage at normal room temperature — if stored in cool (50-60° F) dark area, yams will last about 1 month.
  • Store yams in a loosely covered bag to allow for air circulation.
  • Do not refrigerate yams, as doing so can alter their taste and flavor during cooking.
  • Raw yams do not freeze well; cook before freezing.
  • To freeze: (1) Wash, peel and boil yams until tender; (2) Slice or mash yams and sprinkle with a small amount of lemon juice to prevent discoloration; (3) Let cool and place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here.

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