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How to Select and Store Beets

Fresh Beets

Select and Store Beets–When buying beets, choose small or medium-sized beets whose roots are firm, smooth-skinned and deep in color.  Smaller and younger beets are so tender that peeling may not be needed after they are cooked.  

Avoid beets that have spots, bruises, soft or wet areas, shriveled or flabby. Those are signs of spoilage.

The green part of the beets can be consumed also.  You can prepare it the same way you cook spinach or swiss chard.  Looks for green that appear fresh and tender with a lively green color.

Cut the majority of the greens and their stems from the beet roots, so they do not pull away moisture away from the root. Leave about two inches of the stem attached to prevent the roots from “bleeding.” Do not wash beets before storing. Place in a plastic bag and wrap the bag tightly around the beets, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible, and place in refrigerator. Beets can keep for up to 3-4 weeks.

The unwashed greens can be stored  in a separate plastic bag squeezing out as much of the air as possible.  You can also wrap a paper towel around the greens to keep moisture away.  Place in refrigerator — they will keep fresh for about four to five days. Beets do not freeze well when raw, since they tend to become soft upon thawing. Freezing cooked beets is fine.  They will  retain their flavor and texture.

Beets have great nutritional value.  You can only win and increase your nutrients intake when you eat beets.  Eat them more often…

 Roasted Beets with Feta Cheese and Roasted Chicken Recipe

 

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