If you are a huge beet fan, then you probably include beet soups in your recipes every once in a while. In this beetroot soup review, we’ll find out if there is an easier way to prepare the soup.
Beets – you either love them, or you hate them. Either way, you can’t deny the impressive nutritional punch these small roots hold. Back then when I was a kid, most people only valued beets for their color. The deep purple or red (from the betalains) works pretty well in salads, cakes, ice cream, and other desserts.
Right now, many beetroot juice or powder brands would have you thinking that beet benefits are a recent discovery; which is far from the truth. In ancient times, beets were famed for the nutritional components they held. Nothing has changed since then; we just didn’t think the beets had it in them the whole time!
So far, raw beets, beet juice, and beet powder have been taking the lead when it comes to the best ways to take your favorite purple vegetable. For most individuals on the go, beetroot supplements are quite a help since they are easy and convenient to use – you don’t have to worry about chopping up several beets and cleaning up the stains right after. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t cook your beets.
Roasting and baking are a popular and interesting way to cook your beets. They have an earthy but sweet taste, and that makes them delicious and easy to eat on their own – whether red, golden, or Chioggia. Since I like playing around with mine, I make beet soup once in a while.
As I stated earlier, preparing raw beets (peeling and chopping them up) can be a pretty messy affair.
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Beetroot Soup Review
A typical borscht soup consists of beets, beef, and vegetables (especially cabbage). However, you don’t have to stick to the basic borscht rules; it’s all about what you like in your soup. You can test out your tastes with fermented beet juice or sautéed vegetables as well.
For the best results, your side dish often depends on how your beetroot soup turns out. I usually like my borscht robust and tangy so that I can accompany that with a simple dish like baked potatoes. I bought the Winiary beetroot soup to make my work easier and how it would turn out!
Back in 1947, Alfred Nowacki became the first owner of an unused brewery building in Winiary, and that was the beginning of the Winiary brand. Though Winiary received a couple of awards in 2002 to 2003 for their Mayonnaise products, it is interesting that they got a bad rep back in 98 for the bacteria salmonella found in their pulverized soups. However, no health concerns came up since the soups required boiling before consumption.
Now, Winiary is a part of the Nestlé Company and dabbles in seasoning, soups, sauces, mayonnaise, desserts, and other convenience foods. After doing some further research on the instant beetroot soup, I was ready to try it out.
Borscht soup is primarily an Eastern Europe meal, and knowing that Winiary Beet soup is Polish got me excited for the whole experience. According to Winiary, their products are equal with family and traditional home cooking; that means you can expect the same from the beet soup. Here’s a list of the ingredients in the Winiary soup:
- Beetroot Juice Concentrate
- Flavour Enhancers
- Hydrogenated Palm Fat
- Citric Acid
- Yeast Extract
- Sunflower Oil
- Flavorings (with Gluten)
- Black Pepper
From the instructions, I needed two teaspoons (or 10g) or the beet mix into boiling water – about 285 ml. I had to stir a lot to avoid leaving clumps behind, but the procedure was pretty simple.
Still, I think the salt content was a little high for my liking, but, overall, the soup was strong and delicious. It makes a warming drink for the chilly days, and an energy boost whenever I took it in the morning.
- Convenient and easy to prepare
- Milk, mustard, soy, egg, and celery allergen warnings
- You may have to look for English instructions
I’ll be honest in my beetroot soup review – you’ll love it or you won’t. Either way, if you have no problem with beets, there’s no harm in trying this out. Check out how you to prepare beet soup at home.
Is beetroot soup good for you?
Beets are rich in nitrates, fiber, potassium, folate, and vitamin C. They also contain other nutrients like calcium, iron, and manganese.
What does beetroot do to the body?
The different contents serve different functions in their body, but beets are mostly famed for their nitrate content. In your body, and under the right conditions, your body turns nitrates into nitric oxide for better blood circulation and energy boost.
What are the beetroot soup benefits?
Vitamin C supports immunity, Potassium aids in muscle and nerve health, and Manganese supports kidney, liver, bone, and pancreatic health. Fiber helps in digestion while nitrates can lower blood pressure and increase stamina.
What does beet or borscht soup taste like?
Borscht tastes like the usual veggie soup, but with lots of beetroots. Beets have a sweet and pleasant earthy taste; the rest will depend on the other vegetables you add to the soup.
Can you freeze beet/borscht soup?
After cooling your borscht, you can freeze it for up to two days. Leave about an inch of headspace in the containers you store the soup.