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I love just plain baked sweet potatoes, but they make a real mess on the pan. I used to wrap them in foil until I read about how harmful using aluminum to cook can be, so I'm wondering how you bake them so it's easy to clean up?
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what an interesting question!

My great-great-aunt said you could reduce the mess when boiling them by greasing the pot, so why not grease the pan? Use cooking spray. Or use baking parchment, that works even better.
 

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I found that when I baked yams that they made a big mess, but actual sweet potatoes didn't. I like sweet potatoes better than yams anyway so I went with those.

You don't have to pierce them.

I would put a piece of parchment paper down under them just in case. But I haven't had a sweet potato juice out on me if I don't pierce it.
 
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