The Basics: Beets

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The Technique


Beets are a versatile vegetable that lend bold color on the plate ranging from vibrant reds & golden yellows to eye-catching striped varieties. The leafy greens can be added to salads, stir fried or braised making them hardworking as well. Consider blending them with a batch of collard greens if you so please. Nutritionally, the root vegetable is high in fiber & it’s filled with vitamins A & C. They thrive in cool weather when it’s warm & sunny during the day & a crisp chill in the evenings making them an excellent addition to spring & fall gardens. Beets make an ideal side dish when roasted or they can accompany other vegetables such as onions & carrots for a blend of colors & flavors. They pair beautifully with everything from goat cheese & feta to toasted pecans & walnuts. Serve them alone or add them to salads for wonderful taste. Learn how to prepare beets for a variety of cooking applications.

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How To Peel Raw Beets

Beets are quick to prepare for recipe applications & are most commonly peeled two ways. One route is to rub the surface gently with your fingers to remove the skin once they have been cooked. This method works well when the beets have been simmered whole in water or roasted in foil until tender. If roasting cut beets, particularly with other vegetables, it’s a good idea to take care of the task beforehand.

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The Technique

When perusing fresh produce from local markets, beets are often times over looked as many do not know how to properly clean or use them in the kitchen opting to order them from the restaurant menu. They are effortless to prep with a standard bunch taking about 5 minutes before they’re ready to cook. Here’s what you should know.

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Beets will stain hands & surfaces so keep the prep area contained for easy clean up. Wash hands well with soapy warm water several times to rid color or use a pair of disposable gloves, if desired.

Beets are generally sold in bunches of 3 to 4 depending on their weight with the leafy greens still attached. Once purchased, use them within a day for the best quality. Remove the stems & leaves using a chef knife. I prefer to rinse them under cool running water at this point as they are easier to handle. Remove any dirt or grit with a vegetable brush. Next slice off the root end & remove the remaining portion of the leafy end to create a flat surface. This will make the beets easier & safer to slice.

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Beets are as firm as potatoes so a vegetable peeler works well in order to complete the task quickly. Use one of good quality that is nice & sharp. Hold the beet in one hand while peeling it with the other. Turn as needed until the task is complete. Proceed with recipe preparations according to specific instructions.

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