How to Cook Beet Root

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You can cook beet root by peeling and boiling them in a pot for 45 minutes, or you can even cook the leaves separately and eat them as a dish of greens. Explore the tasty and versatile beet root in this free video with tips from a cookbook author.

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Hi, I'm Devra Gartenstein with Quirky Gourmet. And today, I'm going to show you how to cook beet root or beets. Now they're tasty root vegetables. You can get them either trimmed like this or you can buy them in bunches. They come with the leaves on. You can do that. You can cut off the leaves and use them separately. You can just cook them with a little bit of garlic and olive oil, salt, and pepper. Just tasty dish of greens. So, you will need to peel your beets. So, they have a tough outer skin on them. And there's a number of ways that you can peel a beet. You can peel a beet with a pairing knife. You take off the bottom and the top. And then you just cut around and take off the peel like this. You can do the same thing using a vegetable peeler see like that. Just comes right off. You'll notice that I'm wearing gloves. The reason I'm wearing gloves is because a beet will turn your hands red. Now probably the easiest way to peel beets is to precook them before you peel them. So to do that, you just take them and drop them in a pot of boiling water. And that we usually take maybe 45 minutes or so. It depends on the size of the beet. If you are doing a bunch of beets together it's a good idea to choose beets that are all the same size so that they cook in about the same amount of time. Okay, so the beets will cook for about 45 minutes or so. And the way that you know that they are done is the skin will separate, the skin will separate relatively easily from the beet. And if it's too hot to handle, you can hold it under cold running water. And try to rub it that way. If it's not ready you put it back in and cook it until it is ready. So once you've cooked the beet until it's soft enough that you can easily rub the skin off, you just have to go ahead and rub the skin off. Just like that, a little bit of pressure. Comes right off. See how brightly colored the inside is. Beet is a beautiful vegetable. Much maligned, but high in iron, very tasty. There you go, there's a peeled cooked beet.

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