The Ultimate Guide to Storing Freshly Picked Beets

Beets are a nutritious and delicious root vegetable that can be enjoyed in various dishes. However, it is important to know how to store fresh picked beets properly to ensure they remain fresh for as long as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to store fresh picked beets.

The Importance of Proper Beet Storage

The storage conditions of your freshly picked beets play a crucial role in determining their freshness, taste and quality over time. Beets contain high amounts of water which make them highly susceptible to spoilage if not stored correctly. Therefore, proper storage methods should always be employed when handling these vegetables.

Choose Freshly Picked Beetroots

First things first – choose only the freshest beetroot you can find while picking or buying them from the grocery store. If purchasing from a market or farm stand, look out for firm-textured roots with smooth skin without any bruises or blemishes.

If you pick your own beetroot from your garden patch then pick them when they’re nice and plump but before they start showing signs of cracking at the top; this would indicate that they have been left too long in the ground.

Store Whole Beetroot Without Removing Leaves

It’s best practice to leave whole beetroot with leaves attached until ready for use since removing greens makes nutrients evaporate quickly due to moisture loss.If you need remove greens then cut off just above where stems meet root so there’s enough stem remaining (about an inch) which helps stop moisture escaping during storage & keeps sugars flowing between leafy green tops down into roots – making them sweeter!

Wrap each whole beet tightly in aluminium foil, individually sealing each one so air doesn’t get inside & cause rotting! Make sure all foil seams are sealed tight otherwise air will enter & cause rapid spoilage. Place foil-wrapped beetroot in a paper bag.

Store Cut Beetroot

If you’ve cut your beets into smaller pieces, it’s best to store them in an air-tight container or ziplock bags that have been lined with damp paper towels. This will help maintain the ideal moisture levels by preventing dehydration and also reducing condensation.

It’s important to remember to use a thin layer of towel beneath your chopped beets, as well as on top so they don’t dry out too quickly. You can store chopped beats this way for up to 5 days in the fridge without losing their freshness or flavour.

Keep Beetroots Cold

Beetroot should always be stored at cold temperatures ranging between 32-40°F (0-4°C) which slows down natural enzyme activity and keeps them fresh longer. Ideally, whole beetroot stored in the refrigerator will last about two weeks while cooked beetroot slices can last for about five days when stored properly

Avoid storing beetroot near fruits such as apples & bananas because these emit ethylene gas which speeds up spoilage rapidly!

In Conclusion

Proper storage is key to keeping your freshly picked beets tasting great and lasting longer than they otherwise would! Whether you opt for whole roots or pre-cut pieces, follow the tips outlined here so that you can enjoy deliciously fresh beet salads & roasted vegetables whenever cravings strike!

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