How long do beets last? What can you do?

If beets form part of your grocery shopping each time you visit your local store, they need to be stored properly to serve you longer. There are different beet storage methods you can employ to prolong your beets shelf life.

I have been buying beets for a long time now but they only last a few days before I have to throw them away. I don’t know if it’s the way I store them or it’s because I don’t know how to select the right beets. One way or another I need to know how to properly store my beets so they last longer and still retain their nutrients.

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Beets

Beets have been eaten and used as traditional medicine for centuries. Although beets are sweet when eaten raw you can also roast, boil, steam bake, fry, or even grill them. The most common garden beet is the red beet but you will also find the white, yellow, and candy-striped beets in selected stores. The sugar beet is mainly used in producing sugar. However, the beet greens are very much edible and nutritious.

Before storing the beets, you need to know how to select the right beets so that you don’t buy spoiled or old beets.

Selecting the right beets

  • Go for beets that have a deep red colour, are firm and small, has unblemished skin, and the beet greens are bright and look fresh with no signs of wilting.
  • Buy beets that have their leaf stems still attached to the root as a sign of freshness.
  • Avoid buying beets that have spots and scales.
  • Avoid large beets that have a hairy taproot which is an indication of that the beets are tough and old. They could also have a tough, woody center which makes it hard to cook. Now that you have bought the right beets, let’s look at the different beet storage methods you can use to prolong the shelf life.

Beet storage

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Should beets be refrigerated?

Refrigerating beets is a good way of storing and preserving the beets if you can’t eat them all at once and also to prolong their shelf life in case you can even freeze them so that you keep their nutrients and quality intact till you want to eat them again.

Raw Beets

As soon as you get home, cut the leaves but leave 2-inches from the root to prevent the leaves from draining all the moisture from the root but don’t trim the roots.

To increase the shelf life of raw beets, store them in a plastic bag but don’t wash them to avoid any moisture that can make them rot. If properly stored, raw beets can last for about 14 days in the fridge. Also separately store the beet greens in a plastic bag and use them within 3 days.

You can also freeze them but first, you need to wash them and leave half an inch of stem, cook the beets till tender then cool and peel the beets. Cut them into slices then put them in freezer bags or air-tight containers. The beets can stay in good quality for about 18 months if constantly frozen.

Cooked Beets

Cooked beets can last 3-5 days in the fridge if refrigerated within two hours after cooking. For cooked beets to last longer without compromising the quality, put them in an air-tight container and refrigerate. You can also freeze them in freezer bags for long periods of time for up to 12 months and they’re still safe to eat with their nutrients intact. Make sure not to leave cooked beets for more than 2 hours at room temperature because bacteria grow very fast at such temperatures.

Pickled Beets

The beet storage time for pickled beets depends on the expiry date, if you keep them refrigerated continuously, if the jar isn’t damaged, and if there are no signs of the beets getting spoiled. Once you open the pickled beets, keep then refrigerated throughout and the beets can stay in good quality for about 2 months. If the pickled beets get spoiled they will give out a bad smell, develop mold, or have an unusual appearance. Also if he can start leaking, starts to bulge or become dented, it’s time to throw out the beets.

You now know how to store your beets in a better way

Beets are great veggies that are loaded with nutrients but if not properly stored can lose all the nutrients. If you don’t like eating beets raw you can cook them then store in the fridge to prolong the beets shelf life. You can store raw and cooked beets in the fridge or freezer or pickled beets once opened so that they don’t spoil fast. Watch this to learn more about how to store your beets.

FAQ

Should you wash beets before storing?

If storing beets in the fridge you shouldn’t wash the beets. However, if you’re going to freeze the beets you need to wash the beets, cut the stem but leave about 2-inches to avoid bleeding then place them in freezer bags.

How do you keep beets fresh for longer?

Separately store the beet greens and the root in plastic bags and store the greens for about 2 days and the root for about 10 days. You can also freeze cooked beets for up to 10 months.

Can you eat beetroot after use of date?

Eating beets after their best before date isn’t harmful but the texture and taste might change. As long as the beets don’t have a bad smell, funny appearance, or develop mold.

Are frozen beets good?

Although frozen beets have a different taste than fresh beets, they still have the same flavour. They also retain their nutritional value just like the fresh beets.

Can you store beets in a root cellar?

The root cellar should have temperatures of between 32-40 degrees and the beets should be stored in either sawdust, sand, or damp peat moss. Using a plastic container with a tight lid to retain the moisture.

Tim

A diet guru by day and an avid reader by night, Tim is a nutritionist based in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Canada. He loves everything to do with health and believes going the natural and organic way is a necessity. When not busy disapproving of people’s diet choices, you can find him taking online classes for this and that while waiting for his cheat day. Tim also loves white sandy beaches, swimming (anything aquatic, really), long drives to the countryside, and travels to new cities and states. He also loves DIY projects and checking out new restaurants with his girlfriend.

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