How to Cook Beets

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    Cooking Beets
    Beets can be prepared in a number of ways. They can be eaten raw in salads or baked to a deliciously soft consistency. These delicious vegetables are nutritious as well as tasty, containing large amounts of fiber and nutrients that protect against birth defects, heart disease and certain cancers. The juice, in particular, has been demonstrated to reduce high blood pressure.

    Enjoy beets by baking, steaming or microwaving them.

    Bake

    You will need:

    • Whole, fresh beets
    • Olive oil

    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

    2. Wash and scrub beets, carefully removing all dirt.

    3. Remove stems and ends.

    4. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil, and place beets in one layer on sheet.

    5. Coat beets with olive oil.

    6. Cover beets with another layer of aluminum foil, pinching at sides to seal.

    7. Roast 1 to 2 hours, according to size of beets and until tender.

    8. Remove beets from oven, and remove foil.

    9. Remove skins once beets have cooled by hand or with a paring knife.

    Steam

    1. Wash and scrub beets.

    2. Remove stems and ends.

    3. Add water to a pot to a level just below steamer insert.

    4. Bring water to a boil, and arrange beets in steamer.

    5. Cook for 45 minutes or until tender.

    6. Remove beets from burner, dunk into cold water and remove skins with a dampened cloth.

    Microwave

    1. Wash and scrub beets.

    2. Remove stems and ends.

    3. Cut beets into 1-inch cubes.

    4. Place in glass microwave-proof dish. Pour in 2 tablespoons of water per 2 ½ cups of beet cubes.

    5. Place lid on dish, and cook on high power for 5 minutes.

    6. Stir, and heat for an additional 3 minutes or until tender.

    7. Avoid overcooking to retain nutritional value.

    Tips:
    • Wear kitchen gloves when working with beets to avoid staining your hands.
    • Look for brightly colored, firm beets. Avoid those with a soft texture.
    • Soak out-of-season beets in cold water overnight to reduce toughness and cooking time.
    • Wash and grate raw beets for a tasty addition to salads.
    • Raw beets may be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.
    Image Credit: Ed Yourdon
    Written By: Shannon R

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