How to Cook Canned Yams in a Slow Cooker

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As an ingredient in soups, stews or casseroles, yams benefit from gentle cooking over a long period to soften them and bring out their flavor. They're equally delicious as a side dish, and a slow cooker is a convenient method of preparing them, especially for large meals when a main dish such as a turkey may be taking up valuable oven space.

Step 1

Open the canned yams and drain out the fluid. If you're using whole yams, cut them into rough chunks or slices.

Step 2

Melt butter or margarine, using a stove or microwave oven; use about 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter per 16-ounce can of yams. Mix the butter together with about one-half teaspoon of cinnamon and one-half cup of sugar for each can of yams.

Step 3

Place the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker. Spread the butter, sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly over them.

Step 4

Close the lid of the slow cooker. Set it to low heat and allow to cook for six to eight hours. Periodically check the yams; they're done when the flesh is soft and tender.