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.
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