Before you get started cooking with beets, there are few things to keep in mind. Select beets that are firm and hard and don’t have any soft spots. Beets that still have their greens attached are likely to be fresher than beets without their greens. If you want to store your beets in the refrigerator, cut the greens off first. They can be stored this way for a few weeks.
Here are a few ways to cook with beets:
How To Cook With Beets:
- Baked – As beets are rather dense, they will take a while to bake. Trim down the roots and cut the greens to one inch. Gently clean the beets with cold running water, taking care not to puncture the skin.Wrap the clean beets in a couple layers of foil, then place on a baking sheet. Cook in a preheated oven for about an hour at 400 degrees. When tender, remove the beets from the foil, cut off the remaining root ends and stalk, and rub off the skin using a damp towel.
- Boiled – Prepare the beets the same way you would if baking. Add them to a large pot then fill with cold water and 1 teaspoon of salt and of sugar for every half gallon of water. Heat water until boiling then reduce to a simmer an cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Larger, older beets will take longer to cook, and may need up to 4 hours of boiling time. When finished, dunk beets into cold water, remove the remaining stalk and root ends, and rub off the skin using a damp towel.
- Steamed – Prepare beets the same way you if baking or boiling. Place your steamer above salted boiling water. Place beets inside in the steamer, cover, and allow to steam for about 45 minutes. Beets are ready when they are tender. Dunk the beets into cold water, then rub off the skin using a damp towel.
- “How To Roast Beets In The Oven”, Apartment Therapy