How to Save Raw Beetroot: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Save Raw Beetroot: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Save Raw Beetroot: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Beetroot is a nutritious, versatile and full of antioxidants biennial root vegetable. They are reasonably easy to store, especially in the fridge. Properly stored beets can last for weeks or even months.


Part 1 of 3: Choose the beets to store

Store Raw Beets Step 1

Step 1. Choose beets with fresh green leaves that are not wilted

If you want to save the beets and keep them fresh, you'll have to choose the ones that are fresh. Beet leaves are the best indicator of freshness. If they are wilted, the beets are probably not very fresh, so choose another.

If you are harvesting beets from your garden, wait until the middle of the cold season, even after the first frost (if your region has frosts), but harvest before the temperature drops below -4°C at night. Put them in a cool place immediately instead of leaving them in the sun

Store Raw Beets Step 2

Step 2. Avoid beets that have obvious stains

The beet husk should not have any stains. Look for a dark purple coloration unless you are choosing a different variety of beets, such as yellow ones. The bottom tip must be intact.

Store Raw Beets Step 3

Step 3. Choose beets that are firm to the touch

The sluggishness is a sign that the beets are spoiling, so choose the firmer ones. If you've already bought the beets and they're softened, it's best to throw them away.

Part 2 of 3: Prepare the beets for storage

Store Raw Beets Step 4

Step 1. Cut the leaves and stem

Since the leaves suck moisture from the beets, removing them immediately will keep the vegetable fresh longer. So, before storing your beets, cut the leaves and leave 2 to 5 cm of stem on top. Do not cut the bottom threads.

Beet leaves are edible, so you don't have to throw them away. They can be prepared in the same way as other foliage, such as sauteing, for example. The leaves will only last two or three days in the fridge. Since they rot faster, keep them separate from the beets

Store Raw Beets Step 5

Step 2. Remove dirt and dirt from the beets

Beetroot grows inside the ground and, when harvested, is covered with soil. They need to be cleaned but not washed because this makes them rot faster. Rub the beets to get rid of the dirt.

If washing, dry them thoroughly before storing

Store Raw Beets Step 6

Step 3. Keep the beets raw and dry

As mentioned earlier, moisture contributes to decay, so you should keep the beets dry if you want them to last longer. You should also store them raw, since once cooked they don't last as long as natural.

Part 3 of 3: Store the beets in a cool, damp place

Store Raw Beets Step 7

Step 1. Place the beets in a perforated plastic bag

Keeping the beets in a plastic bag will keep them from getting soft, dry or wrinkled in the fridge. Punch small holes in the plastic so it doesn't trap moisture.

Store Raw Beets Step 8

Step 2. Place the beets in a vegetable drawer

The vegetable drawer in the fridge is the best place to keep beets (and other vegetables too) fresh. If they don't fit in the drawer, you can leave them on a refrigerator shelf.

Store Raw Beets Step 9

Step 3. Periodically check that the beets are still firm to the touch

Beetroot will be soft if you store it too long or the wrong way. Check them out periodically to ensure the meat is still firm and not spoiled.

If stored properly, beets should last between one and three months in the refrigerator. However, it's best to take a look from time to time to see if they haven't softened

Store Raw Beets Step 10

Step 4. Store the beets in a vegetable storage area if you cannot keep them in the fridge

While storing beets in the fridge is easy and effective, you can also store them in storage spaces or any cold, damp place. In that case, keep the beets in a plastic container or cooler.

You can also pack them with peat, sand or sawdust to help keep them cool. The temperature of the storage place must be between 0 and 4 ºC and the humidity must be high (about 95%)


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