Beetroot is a great root veggie that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber which are beneficial to your body. There are many ways of storing beetroot when raw or after being cooked.
I like preparing beetroot with my mum whenever I go home to visit. It’s one of my favourite times I spend with my mum. However, I have never asked her to show me how she stores her beets so that they have a longer shelf life. The only thing I know is not to wash the beets when storing but I have no clue on the proper way of storing beets.
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Beetroots are nutritious and versatile veggies packed with antioxidants that you can easily store in your fridge and it can stay fresh for many months. It’s very easy to store beetroots in the fridge but you have to first select the right beetroots to retain their freshness.
How to select beetroot
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In order to store and keep your beetroots fresh, get the fresh ones with their greens still attached which is the best indication of freshness. Choose beets that are small and firm and those that have a deep maroon colour and unblemished skin and a taproot still attached.
Avoid soft beetroots because it’s a sign that they’re spoiled. Pick beetroots that are firm to the touch. Also, avoid large beets with hairy taproot which is an indication of the age and toughness of the beets. Any beetroot that is larger than 2-inches has a woody center and is very tough. Smaller beets are much sweeter and tender.
How to store beetroot in fridge?
- Trim the leaves and the stem to prevent them from drawing all the moisture from the root but leave about 2-inches of the stem at the top of the root.
- Don’t throw away the beetroot greens because they’re edible. You can put them in an air-tight plastic bag and put them in the fridge for 2-3 days but store them separately from the root.
- Don’t wash the beetroots because they will rot faster but gently remove the dirt. If you do wash them thoroughly dry them before storing.
- Place the beetroots in a perforated plastic bag to avoid moisture getting trapped and spoiling the beets. It will also prevent the beetroots from getting dry, wrinkled, and soft while in the fridge.
- Place the beetroots in the crisper drawn of your fridge along with other veggies or in any shelf of the fridge.
- Check after some time to see if your beetroots are still firm. Properly storing beetroot in the fridge can help it last for almost 3 months.
How to store fresh cooked beetroot
Freshly cooked beetroots need to be refrigerated 2 hours after being cooked to preserve their quality. However, if you want to prolong their shelf life, refrigerate them in a shallow air-tight container and if properly stored they can last for 3-5 days in the fridge.
Cooked beetroots can last longer and still maintain their quality for more than 12 months if frozen in an air-tight container. The cooked beetroots have to be kept constantly frozen at zero degrees Fahrenheit if they’re to be safe to eat.
Cooked beetroots that have been thawed can stay fresh 3-4 days after cooking but it isn’t advisable to refrigerate thawed beetroots in the microwave or in cold water. And if left at room temperature, the cooked beetroots will only stay fresh for 2 hours before bacteria grows.
How to store fresh picked beets
After harvesting beets from your garden, storing beetroot is very crucial to prevent many of them from rotting. Gently rub off the soil but don’t wash them from the roots before storing them. The damaged and bruised beets should be eaten immediately after harvesting. Store them in a cold moist place with near-freezing temperatures. You can also put them in the fridge with perforated plastic bags for about 3 months.
If they can’t fit in the fridge, store them in a plastic bucket or cooler in moist sawdust or sand. Don’t pack them tightly to avoid them touching because they will start to rot then place a 2-inch insulating material at the top, sides, and bottom. Loosely seal the top to allow air to circulate then place the container in your shed or basement. Constantly check on them and remove any that have deteriorated.
Now you know how to store your beetroot
Storing beetroot is an important process of keeping your beets fresh for longer. You can store beets that are raw, cooked, or pickled. Depending on which beets you want to store they can stay fresh in the fridge from between 3 days to 3 months. Freezing beetroots is also a great way of prolonging the shelf life of your beets.Watch this to learn how to store your beetroot.
How long do cooked beets last in the fridge?
If properly store cooked beets can last for about 3-5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze them in an air-tight container to prolong their shelf life.
How do you store fresh beet greens?
After cutting off the beet greens, wash and shake off excess water then wrap them in a paper towel and store them in an air-tight plastic bag. They can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Should you wash beets before storing?
You don’t need to wash beets if storing your beets in the fridge to prevent them from spoiling quickly. If you want to freeze them you can wash them and remove the stem but leave only 2-inches to avoid bleeding.
Can you freeze raw beets for smoothies?
Frozen beets can be used to make soups and even great for smoothies. Simply cut the raw beets into small pieces, put them in a freezer bag, and freeze them.
How long do raw beets last in the fridge?
If properly stored raw beets can last for about 14 days in the fridge. You can maximize their shelf life by placing them in a plastic bag but don’t wash until you are ready to use.