How to Boil Beets


Beets have been a favorite root vegetable for most households. With the rise in health consciousness, most people include the beet in their diet. If you boil beets, you will soften their skin and still retain their nutritional value.

Contrary to popular belief, beets come in many different shapes and colors. The common one being the red type. Other varieties include:

  • Golden beets
  • Baby beets
  • Chioggia

We’ll be focusing on the red variety as they are the variety most recognize.

There are different ways in which you can prepare your beets ready for consumption, including :

  • Boiling
  • Roasting
  • Steaming
  • Raw in a salad

Some of the benefits you get from the boiled beets include:

  • Increase in energy levels
  • Reduces inflammation on an injured area
  • Assist in your weight loss
  • Improve your digestive process
  • Boost the health of your heart

With all these benefits, you may be prompted to have the boiled beets in all your meals. Let’s see how to boil beets.

fresh beets
Fresh beets

Items Necessary When Boiling Beets

As you prepare to boil your beets, get these items ready:

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Vegetable brush
  • Boiling pot or saucepan
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Bowl
  • Gloves

Once you have all these items in place, you can now embark on the boiling procedure.

Instructions

Selecting Your Beets

If you aren’t getting your beets from your garden, don’t go for the very large ones; instead, select the medium and smaller ones. Large beets take longer to cook, meaning they will consume more of your energy.

Ensure that the beets you choose are mature enough and are not wrinkled or the skin soft. Wrinkled skin is an indication of overgrown beets.

The beets should be heavy and firm. Avoid beets with so many roots as this indicates that the beets overstayed in the garden before harvesting. Such beets are not as tasty as those harvested immediately upon maturing.

Cut off the Stems and Protruding Roots

Eliminate the remaining greens and roots with a sharp knife. Don’t throw away the greens and stems; they are also nutritious, and you can utilize them in your vegetable salad.

Fresh beet greens that are good for consumption should be green in color. Yellow and dried greens are not fit for consumption.

Quality edible beet greens are quite nutritious as they boost your immune and get rid of Alzheimer’s conditions while making your bones stronger. Save the stem, too, for your smoothies and future broths.

Boiling

Place the beets in your boiling pot, add enough water and let it be above the beets by about 3”. Filling the water to the brim will consume more energy and take more time.

Add the vinegar proportionately and any time you need to add water to your boiling beets, also remember to add the vinegar in equal measure. It helps contain the flavor and coloring of the beets as they boil.

Place a lid on your cooking pot to hasten the boiling. 

Simmer

Regulate the temperature after the beets have boiled. Retain the medium heat to allow the beets to cook thoroughly. Frequently stir the beets to ensure that they are cooking evenly.

Check if the beets are done with your long knife. If the knife can penetrate effortlessly, then it means the beets are ready.

Cool the Beets

Fill the bowl with water. Add some ice cubes into the water. Using tongs, place the hot beets on the bowl with ice water to prevent further cooking.

The ice-filled water will turn color, and you can utilize it on other meals later. Some people will even consume the water alone to get its nitrate contents.

Once the beets have cooled for 3 minutes, arm yourself with gloves and begin peeling off the now loose skin. The gloves will protect your fingers from coloration.

Your beets are now ready for consumption. You can serve them immediately or preserve them in a refrigerator. Boiled beets will give your body the much-needed fiber, vitamin B9, calcium, and phosphorous.

You can now boil your beets with ease.

Where to Use the Boiled Beets

There are different ways you can use the boiled beets. Some of the ways include:

1. Salad- Add the beets to your pistachio, among other green vegetables of your choice, and enjoy the nutrients that also come with a great appearance.

2. Vegetable Burger- Yes, chances are at some point you have had a vegetable burger and wondered what the pink tasty grated veggies were. They must have been beets.

3. With goat cheese- So yummy, chop the cheese and simply add the thinly sliced beets.

4. Side dish recipe for any chicken meals, burgers, and hotdogs

Consider using the boiled beets on your toddlers’ meals. They will not only boost their immune buy also enhances their digestive processes.

raw beets
Raw beets

How to Store Boiled Beets

After boiling many beets that you don’t intend to consume immediately, you should consider preserving them properly so they can serve you for longer.

Some of the preservation methods include:

Dehydrating

After boiling your beets, you can cut them into your preferred sizes after peeling. Using air-tight containers, use a dehydrator that is dry until the beets have hardened enough. A dehydrator can preserve your beets for up to six weeks.

Freezing

Peel the boiled beets using your hands or using a sharp knife gently. If you choose to use your hands, have latex gloves to avoid the pink discoloring of your fingers. Freeze.

Canning

Prepare the boiled beets to your desired size. Using the pressure jars, store the beets for as long as you wish. 

One of the major benefits of canning your beets is holding the beets for more than eight months. With this, even during winter, when your land is covered in snow, you can still have your favorite vegetable.

However, ensure you carry out the canning procedure hygienically, following the USDA guidelines to avoid infections from bacteria that cause botulism.

Pickling

Pickled beets are always sweet and a majority’s favorite. They make great tasty salads and also acts as a great side dish for the main meal.

Most of these vegetables are seasonal, and when in plenty, you will find them on sale. Buy them in plenty and stock up when the prices increase; you will be well prepared for future healthy meals.

Preserving your boiled beets gives them a longer shelf life and offers you the convenience of having ready vegetables to fix a meal on your lazy days.

Consider including beets in your meals regularly to benefit from their high nutritional value. Boiling doesn’t alter the beneficial properties of the beets. It retains the antioxidant’s capability, allows it to boost your heart functioning.

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