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Step 1: Cleaning Out the Yucca

If you buy the root fresh you will need to peel it and then cut it into pieces. If you buy it frozen it will already be peeled and cut, all you have to do is rinse it under cold water for a couple of seconds.

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Step 2: Finding the Right Pot

Yucca is a hard root. Because of this it takes a while for it to cook. That’s why I like to use my pressure cooker. If you have a pressure cooker I recommend using it. If you don’t then get a big sturdy pot.

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Step 3: Cooking the Yucca

I like to cook a little at a time. Make sure to not fill up your pot too much, and leave plenty of room to add water. Add enough water to cover the yucca. Add a pinch of salt to the water as well. Cook for 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. If you’re not using a pressure cooker then cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until it’s soft.

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Step 4: Drain the Yucca

Drain the cooked yucca and let it cool down for a couple of minutes.

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Step 5: Serve Warm

Serve warm with butter and salt, or olive oil and salt, really any seasonings you like, and more importantly any seasonings your kids like.