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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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Euler, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

Red!

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

G00blar, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

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

Surmounter, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

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

Surmounter, Thursday, 10 July 2008 18:33 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Leftover leftover

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

that sounds insane

or at least beets + sriracha is blowing my mind.

arby's, Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:47 (eight years ago) link

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

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

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

arby's, Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:49 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

great work! I use beets

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

never seen the candy stripe ones

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

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 (eight years ago) link

where do you get these?

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

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 (eight years ago) link

Mmmmm steak look good

I don't eat meat =(

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Friday, 12 August 2011 02:12 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

Nothing special but tasty nevertheless

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

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

would def eat

ゑ (clouds), Sunday, 2 December 2012 19:34 (six years ago) link

but it has chicken on it!

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

oh :(

ゑ (clouds), Sunday, 2 December 2012 20:31 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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

quincie, Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:59 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

whoa damn that was delicious!

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

eleven months pass...

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

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

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

Jaq, Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:59 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

Jaq, Thursday, 14 November 2013 22:05 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

recent beet revelation: they are awesome in sandwiches! was skeptical when i first noticed this on a menu i was perusing, but then i put some cooked beets, sliced thinly, on a sandwich with stuff - avo, greens, goat gouda, mayo/mustard - and all these things are friends so the combination is really **cking sublime. raw grated beets exude a fair bit of moisture so (on a sando.) the juices end up making it a little soggy, if you're not gonna eat it right away ime.

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 13 January 2019 17:38 (nine months ago) link

Civilised countries sell sliced beetroot in tins specifically so that they can go in sandwiches (and burgers)

sans lep (sic), Sunday, 13 January 2019 18:23 (nine months ago) link

well, this year, but when the beets start growing again

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:19 (nine months ago) link

lately i have been making the ethiopian beet salad very simply -- matchstick sliced raw beets (regular, golden, or mix of both) + raw green beans cut into 1" pieces + either queso fresco/farmer's cheese/a fancy feta (sheep milk for example) with some quality olive oil and salt/pepper. the rest of the dishes i usually make to eat with it are so heavily spiced that it's a nice counterpoint imo.

you could put potatoes into it if you want! small ones (cooked, obvs, probably boiled/cooled?)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:21 (nine months ago) link

i should definitely get a phone with a better camera in 2019 though that's for sure. my phone is probably 6 years old! i also got locked out of my flickr account for ?? a long time

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:25 (nine months ago) link

mine's old too, your pictures after that one looked fine! it just took me back to simpler times

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:28 (nine months ago) link

i love raw grated beets in a veggie wrap -- press them between paper towel first though or the juice gets everywhere

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 14 January 2019 02:23 (nine months ago) link

Civilised countries sell sliced beetroot in tins specifically so that they can go in sandwiches (and burgers)

― sans lep (sic), Sunday, 13 January 2019 18:23

Underrated giveaway you're Australian in the brackets there.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:09 (nine months ago) link

(The American mode of selling whole cooked beets in plastic shrinky-dinks is properly mental, though)

― sans lep (sic), Sunday, January 13, 2019 7:36 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Have never seen this in the USA but it's standard in French supermarkets, and fabulous. Would you rather have to boil them first to prepare them? Obviously we can buy raw beets as well.

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:45 (nine months ago) link

raw grated beets + grated apples + grated cabbage = THE BEST COLESLAW.

with a bonus of red fingertips for the next 24+ hours.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:08 (nine months ago) link

oh, will try that tout de suite!

i prefer fresh cooked they taste much better, imho, and i take exception to extra plastic packaging. but cooked, store-bought beets are a pretty good product and a nice convenience in a pinch. xpost

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:36 (nine months ago) link

Euler: tins, the alternate container I cited, hold the juice safely inside for as much of the contents as you don’t use at first. Flappy plastic with scissor-cuts in will spill it throughout the fridge, if it didn’t get all over the counter already.

sans lep (sic), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:21 (nine months ago) link

oh I see, it's a problem with plastic over metal, ok, I can see that. we just use the whole thing every time but we're a family of five.

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:25 (nine months ago) link


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