How to Cook Beetroot

Information on Beetroots

Beetroot is becoming increasingly popular, and thus it shouldn’t be too difficult to find in a supermarket. While you can buy ready-cooked beets, it is very simple to make at home. You will also be able to prepare it exactly the way you like. Many people may not know how to cook beetroot, or work with it, so here are a few simple, tasty, and healthy suggestions.

How to Choose a Good Beetroot

Fresh beetroots are unwrinkled and firm. If you buy beetroot still with its leaves, trim them off, but leave about 2.5cm of the stem so that the juice does not make too much of a mess. Good raw beetroot will still have fresh stalks and firm roots.

How to Cook Beetroot

One way you can prepare fresh beetroot is to wash it, place it in a pan of water, then bring it to a boil before reducing the heat and simmering it for about 30 minutes for small beets, 60 minutes for big beets.

A second way you can prepare fresh beetroot is to steam them. Steaming beetroots is easy and preserves their nutrients. This is important as beetroots are naturally very healthy.

A third way you can prepare fresh beetroot is to bake it in the oven at 150C/gas mark 2 for 2-3 hours.

A fourth way you can prepare beetroot is to roast them: you can see how to do this here. This makes beetroots taste slightly sweet. One of the Taste of Health recipes that uses roasted beetroots is Beetroot and Apple Soup. While this may not be a conventional way of using roasted beets, it certainly is tasty.

A fifth way is to simply eat the fresh beetroot raw! Just peel the skin off with a peeler and trim both ends – this is especially good in a salad.

You can easily tell if a beetroot is cooked by rubbing it with your fingers and having the skin move along.

Further Information

Thank you for reading this article. If you would like to see more articles on how to cook beetroot, you can look at the following links:  – for three easy ways to cook beetroot. – for background information on beetroot. – for one simple way to prepare beets!

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Agnieszka Weiner

Hi, I am Agnieszka, and I am passionate about delicious but healthy food. Many healthy dishes are bland and uninteresting. I reject this. So I created my blog Tastes of Health to share my yummy recipes for healthier (often plant-based and gluten-free) versions of family favourites. I look forward to receiving your feedback after you try them.

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