How to Store Freshly-Picked Beetroots

You can’t cook what you have harvested at one time, especially if you have planted and taken care of your beetroot plants well.  There would always be a surplus.  Learn how to store freshly-picked beetroots –it’s a shame to throw good beets away.

There are several things you should take note of when storing beetroots.

One, never store damaged roots.  You might feel a pang of regret if you throw them away, but dumping it in the trash bin is better than allowing the rot to set in and damage other healthy beets.

Slice off the greens close to the crown of the root, but do not cut any part of the root.  Make sure to leave a few inches of stalks.  Do not wash the beets.  Or if you do, make sure they are completely dry before storing them.

Then, place the beets in crates or banana boxes separated by peat or sand.  You any damp packing material to separate them.

Put them away in a cool, dark location.  Ideally, the temperature where you will store your beetroots should be between 0° to 4°C – certainly lower than the temperature for storing potatoes.

But if you do not have a refrigerated storage facility, you may opt to place the beetroots in the coolest area you can find in your home.  Make sure it is free from moisture and sheltered from rain or snow.  It should last for three to four months

If you want to keep a few beets in your refrigerator, place them first in a paper bag before putting them away.  They should keep for a couple of weeks.

Frozen beets will keep for about eight months; canned beets for over a year.  You may also opt to pickle some of the beets.

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4 Responses to “How to Store Freshly-Picked Beetroots”

  1. Karen Bernhard says:

    Hi,
    To freeze beetroot – can you leave uncooked and place in freezer and free flow or is it better to cook peel and then freeze

    Thanks

  2. Lorena says:

    No. It’s just like potatoes–it’s not any good if you keep them in the freezer raw. The proper way is to boil, slice and freeze.

  3. Mike says:

    Fresh raw beetroot juice is extremely earthy and unpalatable even when diluted with apple juice , is it possible to use cooked beets instead?

  4. mcgoo says:

    i harvested my beetroot a couple of wks ago, washed and dryed them and put them in the fridge. they seem to be slightly soggy now. are they still edible if i boil them??

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