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It seems that we should all be eating beets.
Whole Beets vs. Juice for Improving Athletic Performance
Oxygenating Blood With Nitrate-Rich Vegetables

fresh beets are simply too expensive for your humble servant, likewise frozen beets. So, is there any way to render canned beets palatable?

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...put them in a salad, stir fry, spicy soup, minestrone soup, pickle them, put them in a blender and make a red borsch.
Your not a cook I gather...

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Submitted by Jay on

Beets are relatively easy to grow if you have enough sun and if you water them regularly. They're a double-crop because you can roughly chop the greens and saute them with butter like spinach. The roots also store well in the fridge. The way I cook them is to peel them, grate them coarsely with a cheese grater, and cook them in a wide pan with some water, some olive oil, and a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Once they're soft and mostly cooked through, and there's still a little syrupy beet blood at the bottom of the pan, salt to taste and serve warm or cold with a vinaigrette, maybe some chopped parsley if you have it. It can also serve as the base for a more elaborate salad, with boiled eggs, blue cheese, chopped walnut.

One variety I can recommend is "Cylindra," it has an easy-to-peel cylindrical shape and a pleasing taste. "Detroit Red" is also good for eats and is hardy. It's probably too late now for a root crop even if you're in Virginia, but if you plant them now and keep them tented with plastic you could have baby beet greens well into December. These are nice raw with mache or other tender salad greens.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

Canned ones have a lot of sodium in them. I have a few cans of beets but drain all the water off and just use the beet slices. I only use them when I don't have fresh ones.

Jay is right about easy to grow and Detroit Reds are my favorite. I eat the greens a few times then harvest. I cook the beet whole until soft, put in cold water until cool to touch then peel the skin it comes right off. To slice I use an egg slicer. There like candy only good for you. You can also freeze the slices for later. Good Luck

Oh and buy the cheapest ones in the store.

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

@ DC blogger;
You're really quite rude. You have two positive comments offering solutions and you do not respond!
I can think of many very rude comments in response; but will refrain...

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Submitted by DCblogger on

don't think I am planting anything in October, might try the spicy soup.