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Beet Recipes & How to Cook Beets & How Long to Cook Beets


Although beets are most often seen in the deep red color, they are also available in other colors including golden, yellow, purple, white, and the choggia - a red and white striped beet sometimes called the candy cane beet.


Beet Cooking Method

Cook until desired tenderness or until the thickest part pierces easily with thin knife

Raw don't forget beet juice
Boil 30 - 45 min.
Steam 30 - 45 min
Roast 400 F 1 - 1 1/4 hr wrapped in aluminum foil knife to test

small beets 1 lb. 8 min.; large 1 beet 20 min. - 6 beets 30 min.

Pressure Cook

1/4 in. slices high 5 - 6 min; small whole 12 min.; large whole 15 - 20 min.

Cooking times for Beets

Test for Doneness: When pierced easily through to the center with a thin knife blade and little resistance.


Native to the Mediterranean and Western Europe.


Flavors That Go

Common ingredients used in beet recipes include:

almond extract
apple cider vinegar
apple juice
balsamic vinegar
bay leaves
canola oil
cider vinegar
Dijon mustard
fresh lemon juice
fresh orange juice
fresh thyme
garlic cloves
ground ginger
minced fresh dill
minced garlic
olive oil
orange juice
red onion
red wine vinegar
Safflower oil
sherry vinegar
soft goat cheese
sour cream
unsalted butter
walnut oil
white truffle
white wine vinegar

Classic Beet Recipes:

Borscht Hot
Borscht Cold
Salad Greens, Beets, and Goat Cheese
Red Flannel Hash
Beet and Potato Pancakes
Pickled Beets




Beet Tips And Techniques

Remove the greens from the beet roots so that the greens do not continue to draw moisture from the root, but leave about an inch of greens because you don't want to cut open or peel the beet before cooking.

Beets can be eaten raw, but are usually cooked. Although the method of piercing with a knife is useful to tell when they are done this is one vegetable that you can overcook a bit with good results. So be sure the knife penetrates to the center with little resistance.

Do not peel beets before cooking, the skin comes off easily using paper towels if the beet is thoroughly cooked and are peeled as soon as they are cool enough to touch. The red color which comes from betain is a stain, even your fingers will stain if you don't wear gloves. It is used to color easter eggs.


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