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Will someone please tell me some interesting things to do with beets? I had a cold beet salad at an Ethiopian restaurant and it was really really good, but I remember beets as mushy, round, canned things that the government provided to my after school program. I know nothing about beets other than I liked the salad and hated the government beets. Help, please.

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 19:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Note: I am not overly fond of borscht either. I liked the crunchiness of the beet salad. I apologize if beets have already been discussed here...they're just so red and weird that I thought they might deserve a new thread.

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 19:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

beets are an interesting ingredient. i have become fond of roasting them whole in a bit of oil and then thinly slicing to use in salads or as a side veg. there are also some very pretty varieties grown to search out in markets. color ranges into yellow-orange to blood red.
i've been to this place called white fence farm where they serve a pickled beet relish that is the bomb.

jdchurchill (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 19:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I love beets roasted, like jdchurchill describes. They are so sweet and so incredibly red! There is also the beetiness of them, which you either love or hate. I haven't done much else with them though. I did have a fabulous meal of oven-roasted beets stuffed with a mixture of red cabbage, walnuts, and bread in a goat cheese sauce once. I should try to duplicate it.

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 19:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

a wonderful beet salad:

I dont have a real recipe for this, so I'll estimate... it's really simple, so just adjust everything to taste:

3-4 beets, cooked, and sliced thickly
3-4 tablespoons crumbled cheese - feta, goat, or blue
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
handful of chopped nuts - walnuts or pecans

mix the lot up, stick in the fridge to marinate and cool.

to have it more salty and light, use feta. for a more complex taste, use blue. I've even used slivered almonds to sub for walnuts or pecans. it works with canned beets, but those never taste nearly as good as fresh beets.

AaronK (AaronK), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 19:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Questions about beets:

*When you roast them, are the crunchy or mushy? The beet salad I had was crunchy.

*When you roast them, do you peel them first? I read what The JoC had to say and it said that the skin would come right off, but that seems unlikely.

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 21:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They stay more solid and crunchy than get mushy. They definitely do not mush like a potato. I just scrub the skins, cut off the root and the top, but don't peel.

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 21:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ok, that's good news! The government beets I had as a child were mooooooshy and gross. I am going to the Ethiopian restaurant this weekend, so I'll get the beets again and see what else is in there. I'll report back!

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 21:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yo c'mon MM, describe that beet salad you want in more words than "ethiopian" or "crunchy." incidentally

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=ethiopian+crunchy+beet+salad

i just scrub the skin. but you could peel it too, no worries. peeling probably will get more red on ya.

jdchurchill (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 21:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I juice them with spinach and carrots for a refreshing drinky.

Mushy beets = bad.

everything, Wednesday, 29 March 2006 23:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I cut beets up in chunks, toss with some oil and roast in the oven. Afterwards I sprinkle feta and fresh parsley on top. Really easy.

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Thursday, 30 March 2006 14:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the natural beetiness is so good, i cant imagine them needing much to make them very tasty.

xpost - what does that do to the color of your teeth?

AaronK (AaronK), Thursday, 30 March 2006 15:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Beetroot juice is like drinking liquid mud, disgusting and stains everything to buggery. But I do like thin little strips in salad, or little beety crisps.

Archel (Archel), Thursday, 30 March 2006 15:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Pickled beetroot is, indeed, the bomb.

Mädchen (Madchen), Monday, 3 April 2006 14:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hamburgers and sandwiches are where beets belong. so good.

sunny successor (katharine), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 12:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

beetroot crisps are very good indeed

Porkpie (porkpie), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 13:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Roasted beets tossed with a quality evoo, a chiffonade of fresh mint and a drizzle of balsamic is a real treat. I always try and roast beets a little bit under so that they have some texture and toothiness to them.

Dan Floss (Dan Floss), Sunday, 9 April 2006 20:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I picked up two bunches of young beets at the farmers market on Saturday - beet greens are soooo good! Better than chard, no bitterness at all - just chop them up, stems and all and saute for a few minutes. I'm roasting the roots tomorrow, for dinner with leftovers for salads during the week.

Jaq (Jaq), Monday, 5 June 2006 02:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I am going to try the beet again. The last time I had them at the restaurant they were mushy and not nearly as good as I had hoped. Can you grill beets?

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 13:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Rather, can I grill beets?

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 13:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's something to try - I think brushed with oil and skewered, they would have to cook about as long as a carrot.

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 13:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I have one of those madeline slice-yer-finger-off slicers, it does amazingly thin slices of root veg, I must try some deep fried beetroot crisps (and some sweet potato ones).

Trayce (trayce), Wednesday, 7 June 2006 04:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I have roasted beets for 90 minutes and found them to still be way too firm to actually eat pleasantly. Not that I am fond of mushy beets. Just get some medium sized beets and go to town!

I got some in my produce box yesterday. Rah rah rah.

Casuistry (Chris P), Wednesday, 7 June 2006 04:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
spam

ringtones free, Monday, 3 July 2006 10:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
I'm still merely contemplating beets. I made Ethiopian food this weekend (mesir wat and mixed veg with berbere and garlic -- somewhat inauthentic but tasty) and I was thinking about trying the beet salad but I chickened out. Why am I still intimidated by beets? I am pleased to report, however, that the lentils turned out beautifully and were delish.

Also, I revived this for Sarah, since she asked about beets on the Chicago thread.

The Milkmaid (82375538-A) (The Milkmaid), Sunday, 8 October 2006 17:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

A simple Beetroot and orange salad is always good. Cooked beetroot with diced orange, maybe a little onion as well. Sour cream and dill if you like too.

Ed (dali), Monday, 9 October 2006 07:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

my new favorite thing is the unhealthy russian beet salad - grated beets, chopped walnuts, a little vinegar, and equal (large) parts of sour cream and yogurt (you want dark pink, not purple). maybe a bit of salt and pepper.

lauren (laurenp), Monday, 9 October 2006 13:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Yeah, I know I'm not here often but -- beets! With onions, pecorino cheese, tossed with oil and red wine vinegar, etc.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1408/701746031_d0a668bdc6.jpg

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 15:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

That's so pretty!

Did you use sweet onions or hotter ones? And were the beets roasted or pickled? (All these combos sound good to me, btw.)

Jaq, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 20:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I roasted a giant beet last night. It smelled so lovely and full of vitamins!

Today I will eat it in a salad with greens and feta.

Beets!

La Lechera, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

I need to try one of these things.

Rock Hardy, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 17:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

You do! It only took me...let's see...TWO YEARS to finally roast one. They are a vegetable marvel. They kind of remind me of edible geodes -- all rocky, craggy and scary on the outside; lovely and shiny and marvelous on the inside.

La Lechera, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 17:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

i got a vac-pac of pickled beets on sunday and have had 3 beet salads so far. i think tonight's is going to be with stilton.

lauren, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 17:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just ate 1/2 of the roasted beet in a salad:

spinach
tabbouleh
beets (cut into slices and then thin strips)
feta
lemon juice

They were crunchy! I'm pleased. Thanks, ILCooking.

La Lechera, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 21:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

I am roasting beets RIGHT NOW! So beautiful, so delicious.

Jaq, Thursday, 17 January 2008 01:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

i have had beets 3 times this week! yay!

tehresa, Saturday, 19 January 2008 07:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I am about to roast some beets.

Rock Hardy, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 18:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I roasted beets (for the first time) (in foil) a few days ago! They were awes.

Sliced beets+goat cheese+walnut+vinaigrette.

G00blar, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 09:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

i just made a salad inspired/similar to this:http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2008/03/grated_carrots_and_beets.php#more

i love raw beets at least as much as cooked. juiced, with apples, carrots, celery, and ginger is a magical elixir

outdoor_miner, Thursday, 20 March 2008 19:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Does anyone know if shredded beets do ok when frozen? If so, about how long do they do ok this way?

I have been eating a lot of beets this summer and want to do so once the bounty ends, which is pretty soon I reckon.

Euler, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 20:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Everything I'm finding online recommends blanching them before freezing (they keep longer that way, 10-12 months @ 0 deg F). So you could shred, blanch for 3-5 minutes in boiling water, drain, pack into containers and freeze.

Jaq, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 20:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ok, that's not too hard to do. Thanks!

Euler, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 20:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure I never posted my pictures of the BEET RISOTTO I made:

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i134/dgoobl/BeetRisotto1.jpg

G00blar, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

Red!

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i134/dgoobl/BeetRisotto2.jpg

G00blar, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

wow! amazing. i'm getting a beet salad riiight now

Surmounter, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

it was great, but i bet not as good as your risotto =)

Surmounter, Thursday, 10 July 2008 18:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Bumpin my beets thread to say that I bought some GORGEOUS golden beets. They look like a beautiful rainbow and I can't wait to eat them.

Ralpharina (La Lechera), Friday, 8 April 2011 23:59 (six years ago) Permalink

Mmm... I need to make another beet risotto. I made one several months ago with orange and dill, and it was really lovely. Plus, it looks like a grisly crime scene in a bowl.

lindseykai, Tuesday, 12 April 2011 23:56 (six years ago) Permalink

i add beets to my vegetable burrito mix. makes everything hot pink and they go perfect w/ jalapeños

Secrets will not Block Justice (harbl), Wednesday, 13 April 2011 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

So far I have eaten them in salads: one w/ pea shoots, avocado, onion, orange muscat/walnut oil/sriracha dressing over romaine
Other was to add more substance to leftover green papaya salad leftover from last night (added fennel too!)

Both were really good, but I kind of keep expecting them to taste like a mango but then they don't.

housedress? maxidress! (La Lechera), Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Leftover leftover

housedress? maxidress! (La Lechera), Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:45 (six years ago) Permalink

that sounds insane

or at least beets + sriracha is blowing my mind.

arby's, Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:47 (six years ago) Permalink

It was a tasty and surprisingly subtle combo! Sweet, tangy, spicy.

housedress? maxidress! (La Lechera), Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:49 (six years ago) Permalink

tbf i think sriracha has been good on everything i've ever put it on

arby's, Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:49 (six years ago) Permalink

For the longest time I thought I hated beets because I didn't realize I had only eaten them pickled (my mother was one of those Year Without a Summer gardeners who would grow bushels of things but then immediately preserve or freeze them). I don't know what made me buy them and cook them - they were probably on sale, because this was in grad school - but it was a total revelation to have them boiled, with fried catfish and "tartar sauce" (just pickled garlic with mayo/sour cream).

Bill, Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:01 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I made a salad tonight with three different kinds of beets, so I have dubbed it the SEVERE BEETING salad.

Not the best pic, but you can see the beets:

* golden
* candy striped
* regular

I also added orange bell peppers and it was a psychedelic rainbow salad of my dreams.

beetz

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6033548245_74e80e618c.jpg

it was pleasant and delightful, just like (La Lechera), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:01 (six years ago) Permalink

great work! I use beets

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:05 (six years ago) Permalink

never seen the candy stripe ones

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:05 (six years ago) Permalink

they're considerably less sweet than the standard beets
and SO beautiful

it was pleasant and delightful, just like (La Lechera), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:07 (six years ago) Permalink

where do you get these?

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:08 (six years ago) Permalink

farmer's market

I braised some with a bunch of yellow and purple potatoes, and unfortunately they all kinda bled together :-/

(with some steak)
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/6013363482_8788c756d3.jpg

it was pleasant and delightful, just like (La Lechera), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Mmmmm steak look good

I don't eat meat =(

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:12 (six years ago) Permalink

i've come so far with beets in the last 5 years!

i don't eat very much meat, but i'll eat it

it was pleasant and delightful, just like (La Lechera), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:12 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

my love for beets has not waned in 6+ years
last night i made a flatbread/pizza thing with

roasted beets
shredded chicken
spinach
gorgonzola
pine nuts
garlic/oo

and it was delicious. just a bunch of stuff from the fridge, but it sat well together.
i feel like at this point it's safe to say that beets and i are bffs 4 life

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 19:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Nothing special but tasty nevertheless

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8238782082_48c1814641.jpg

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 19:30 (four years ago) Permalink

would def eat

ゑ (clouds), Sunday, 2 December 2012 19:34 (four years ago) Permalink

but it has chicken on it!

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 19:56 (four years ago) Permalink

oh :(

ゑ (clouds), Sunday, 2 December 2012 20:31 (four years ago) Permalink

sorry! i could easily not put chicken on it for your sake. it would taste just as good, it just wouldn't have chicken on it.

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 20:50 (four years ago) Permalink

I just roasted 4 medium-size beets, two red and two golden! I have long had a severe beet aversion related to a childhood of what my parents called "Harvard beets," which were beets out of a can (or maybe it was a jar?), and anathema to me, made worse by the fact that I always got yelled at for dropping some on myself and thus staining the clothing permanently :(

I am going to slice the roasted beets and toss them with some navel orange and a vinaigrette made with I dunno maybe shallots and sherry vinegar? And some roasted walnuts? Maybe I should pick up some goat cheese. Ohhh and I have tarragon in the garden!

quincie, Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:22 (four years ago) Permalink

yes, good start! you might want to put that mixture on something green to cut its intensity -- any greens will do. not necessary, but this is my preference.

canned beets are gross and they are also the reason why i thought beets were gross until i tried them again at the beginning of this thread!

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

I have some arugula, I will put the beets on that!

Canned beets are uuuugh I don't even want to think of them for fear of gagging :(

quincie, Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:50 (four years ago) Permalink

here's a tip -- toast the walnuts in a pan with some butter, brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper -- just enough to make a little crust. it will taste v good with the sweetness of the beets.

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:54 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh that sounds great and I have all of those things at hand!

quincie, Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:59 (four years ago) Permalink

They're really good -- if you don't want to use them all, you can save them for future salads or toss them into some brownies (sounds weird, tastes great.)

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 22:06 (four years ago) Permalink

i got some huge beets today. i have had beet brownies and can confirm they are great.

Online Webinar Event for Dads (harbl), Sunday, 2 December 2012 22:08 (four years ago) Permalink

bought a bunch of beets from the market, will be roasting them imo

do u guys eat them hot? all the talk itt seems to be salad-related?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 2 December 2012 23:25 (four years ago) Permalink

I love them just out of the oven - I always make extras so we have plenty for salads later, but they are so good warm.

Jaq, Sunday, 2 December 2012 23:38 (four years ago) Permalink

i like them both ways
any old way except for out of a can basically

passion it person (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 December 2012 23:51 (four years ago) Permalink

do u guys eat them hot? all the talk itt seems to be salad-related?

― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 2 December 2012 19:25 (32 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

roasting is great but most of the time i just grate them & do something with that - fold it into rice or risotto or something. they work better as a taste (& colour!) than as a skewerable constituent part of a meal, for me.

spottieottiespanakopita (schlump), Monday, 3 December 2012 00:12 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm going to try them roasted with a horseradish/greek yogurt sauce, on spinach (with grilled chicken)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 December 2012 01:57 (four years ago) Permalink

whoa damn that was delicious!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 December 2012 04:15 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

dehydrating them currently. not sure how I feel about this.

how's life, Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Sounds like a lot of work. They keep pretty well in root cellar type storage.

Jaq, Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Checked the dehydrator this morning and they felt almost done. We're experimenting with making our own soup mixes.

how's life, Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Hope it works well - did you cut them into cubes?

Jaq, Thursday, 14 November 2013 22:05 (three years ago) Permalink


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