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This recipe is a great food for infants. It is mashed potatoes kicked up a notch with the addition of beneficial bacteria through the fermentation process. Because these sweet potatoes are peeled and cooked, a starter is necessary to inoculate the sweet potatoes as their natural beneficial bacteria will be killed off in the heating process.
Many lacto-fermented sweet potato recipes are made with cooked and mashed sweet potatoes. Because they are cooked the beneficial bacteria on the skins are killed through the heating process. This raw recipe, leaves the skin intact and encourages natural fermentation to happen with the addition of only flavorings and salt.