April 17, 2016
Every vegetable comes with its own benefits and taste and so does Beet. The gorgeous red/magenta vegetable is a complete nutritional package. Beets are known for a wide range benefits because they are rich in minerals, vitamins, and organic compounds such as betaine, dietary fiber, copper, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. They have no cholesterol and are low in calories.
This vegetable not only looks fresh and vibrant but also tastes delicious. You just have to know the right way to cook beets and that’s it! You can enjoy this highly beneficial and delicious vegetable at home almost every day.
We are going to give you step by step instructions from buying to cooking beets. The whole process of cooking this vegetable is so fun that it will become your favorite vegetable in no time. So lets begin our journey towards cooked beets!
Step One: Buying beets from the store
There are usually two types of beets available in the stores. The ones with the greens on and the ones whose greens are already trimmed. It depends entirely on you which one to buy. If you like to eat greens, buy the ones with greens om If you don’t, buy the ones with no greens. Just make sure to avoid soft or slimy beets. You are looking for round, firm dark red beets which are most commonly available. Avoid the ones with dark spots.
Step Two: Cleaning and Preparing Beets
Beets act as a dye so it’s better to wear gloves before washing them so that you won’t get their color on your hands. If you are using beets with the greens on, its better to chop the green part off and soak it in water with 1/4 cup of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar so that you can use it later in salad. Scrub the beetswith water and a vegetable brush until they look clean. You can keep the skin on or peal it off according to your choice.
Step Three: Cooking
You can cook beets in almost every way. Here are a few ways for you to try.
1 Roasted Beets: All you have to do is cut the beets into four halves or dice them according to your preference. Drizzle some olive oil and add salt and pepper. Mix well and spread on a baking tray. Put the tray in a pre-heated oven at 400 degree F for 40-60 minutes.
2. Sautéed Beets: Heat olive oil in a skillet, add shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add roasted beets and spice up with salt and rosemary. Stir for 2-3 minutes and serve. You can add chopped greens of beets too.
3. Steamed Beets: Put beets in a saucepan with water and salt and 2 tsp of vinegar. Let the beets boil for almost 40-60 minutes depending on the size of beets until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. The skin of the beets will slip off so peel it wearing gloves. Serve them with melted butter, salt, pepper, chopped chives or basil.
Step Four: Bon Appetit
Get creative, use your imagination and cook your version of beets. Enjoy!