How Do You Cook Beets From The Garden?

What to do with fresh beets?

Here are 15 ways to use them that go beyond adding them to a salad.

  • Crushed. For beets that are crispy on the outside and supertender within, steam them whole, then mash them until flattened and sear them in butter and olive oil.
  • Pickled.
  • Sandwiches.
  • Salt-roasted.
  • Risotto.
  • Tomato soup.
  • Latkes.
  • Soy-braised.

How do you clean and cook beets?


  1. Trim the tops off the beets, leaving 2 inches of the stem. Wash and dry beets.
  2. In a large pot add water, vinegar, and salt. Add beets, bring water to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Cook beets until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Peel once cooled.

What is the healthiest way to cook beets?

How To Cook Beets for Optimum Nutrition, by George Mateljan

Do you have to peel beets?

Do you need to peel beets before cooking? No. In fact, none of these methods require you to peel your beets before cooking. Beets are incredibly difficult to peel, so unless you plan to eat your beets raw, just leave the skin on.