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

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
Microwave

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
arugula
balsamic vinegar
bay leaves
butter
canola oil
carrots
chives
cider vinegar
cinnamon
Dijon mustard
eggs
fresh lemon juice
fresh orange juice
fresh thyme
garlic cloves
ground ginger
honey
mayonnaise
milk
minced fresh dill
minced garlic
olive oil
orange juice
red onion
red wine vinegar
Safflower oil
shallots
sherry vinegar
soft goat cheese
sour cream
Sucanat
sugar
unsalted butter
vanilla
walnut oil
walnuts
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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