Beets or beetroots are plants with leafy stems, heart-shaped leaves, small flowers ,and fruits made of clusters of little hard nuts. Several parts of the plants are used in a number of dishes all over the world. The part more often used is its fruit.
They can be cooked in a number of ways. Before you do, make sure to wash them thoroughly. Soak the beets in water and remove dirt and other particles. Use a knife to trim off the ends of the beet roots.
Steps to Roasting Beets
- Put the trimmed beets in a pan and add some water.
- Roast the beets for 30 to 45 minutes at 420 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover your pan with a sheet of aluminum foil while roasting.
- Put the beets under running water and slip the skins off.
- Use a knife to slightly poke the beets. If they are easily pierced, they are done roasting.
- Slice or dice the beets.
Steps to Boiling Beets
- Place the beets in a pot and add water.
- Boil the beets for 20 to 35 minutes.
- When it is tender, remove the beets from the pot.
- Slice the beets and serve.
Steps in Microwaving Beets
- Place the beets in a microwave-safe container and add a little water. Make sure not to add too much.
- Microwave for 8 to 15 minutes then serve.
To add flavor to the beets after cooking, match them with orange juice. You can also use ginger or any light seasoning.
You can also put vinaigrette on your beets. Add sweet onions, parsley, and bits of hard boiled egg for a nice salad. If you add other vegetables to your beets, remember to cook and dress your beets separately and add them later. This will prevent the color of the beets from seeping through to the other vegetables.