Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.
Beetroots are delicious raw but more frequently cooked or pickled. Their leaves, known as beet greens, can also be eaten.
Today we are going to talk about a few different ways to store and preserve your beets!
Here are 4 Ways to Store and Preserve Your Beets:
Short Term Storage
- Gently rub soil from the roots before storing them. Don’t wash roots before you store them; if you do, be sure to dry them thoroughly.
- Store beets in a cold moist place as near to freezing as possible without actual freezing, 32°-40°F (0°-4°C) and 95 percent relative humidity.
- Store beets in the refrigerator placed in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer. Beets will keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 months.
- If there is no room in the refrigerator, beets can also be packed in a container—a bucket or plastic storage box or cooler–in moist sand, peat moss, or sawdust. Don’t pack roots too tightly; if the roots touch they can start to rot; be sure to leave 2 inches (5 cm) of insulating material around at the top, bottom, and sides of the stored roots. Set the lid loosely so that there is good air circulation and place the container in a cold place such as a basement, garage, or shed.
- Check roots in storage often and remove any that show signs of deterioration.
Any bruised or damaged beets should be eaten right away and not stored.
Next we are going to share ways to store your beets for longer periods of time.
For long term storage store beets in a root cellar that is around 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 95% humidity.
Place the beets in either sand, sawdust, or peat moss that is damp and place some sort of lid on top/
A container such as a garbage container with a lid is a great, affordable option.
Be sure to remove the greens and leave about 2 inches of stem to avoid bleeding of the root.
Beets last for up to 2 – 3 months in root cellars.
The best way to store beets for long term use is by freezing them.
To freeze beets, wash and remove stems leaving about 2 inches of the stem to prevent any bleeding.
Next you need to boil the beets for about 20 – 45 minutes depending on the size of the beets.
Once they are easily penetrated with a fork, remove from boiling water and place in fridge to cool off.
When cooled, slice or cube and place beets in freezer bags or freezer container with a date label.
Beets will last in the freezer for 8 – 12 months.
Canning or Pickling
Properly stored, an unopened can of beets will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
There are so many different recipes for canning and pickling beets!
You can find them by simply searching online.
Food.com has an easy and fool proof recipe for canning and pickling beets.
You will also want to make sure you have the proper storage containers and canning materials to make sure the beets are preserved properly.
If you aren’t sure what type of storage containers you need, read all about the different types on Stylewithinreach.net.