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.
When is the best time to harvest beets?
- Beets taste best when picked in late spring and again in late fall. Beets can withstand frost and mild freezing but should be harvested before a hard freeze occurs. If you are harvesting for the roots they don’t have to grow to any particular size to be ready to eat.
Should you wash beets before storing?
Beets grow in the ground, and when they’re harvested they’re covered in dirt. They need to be cleaned, but not by washing, which makes them rot faster. Instead, gently rub the dirt off the root. If you do wash your beets at this point, make sure to dry them thoroughly before storing them.
How long can you keep beets in the fridge?
Fresh beets with the greens attached can be stored for three to five days in the refrigerator, but beets with the greens removed can be stored in the refrigerator for two to four weeks.
How do you store beets for the winter?
Cut larger beets into 1/4″ slices or cubes. It is best to tray-freeze the beets first, by spreading them on a tray or baking sheet in one layer and freezing. Then, pack into freezer bags or containers and store in the freezer. To use, thaw the beets and cook just enough to heat through.
Do beets need to be refrigerated?
Cut the greens from the beets as soon as you get home, leaving 1 to 2 inches of stem attached. The beets will not spoil if left at cool room temperature for a few days, but they do best when refrigerated for up to 10 days. If they turn soft, discard them. Beet greens should be washed and cooked on the day you buy them.
How long can you leave beets in the ground?
Store the roots in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. If you have a large amount store in a box packed with peat or straw. They can also be left in the ground if well mulched and the soil will not get too wet.
How do you keep beets fresh after harvesting?
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.