The fresh beet is a reddish-purple, sweet vegetable that some may like in their afternoon salads. Others might consider a glass of beetroot juice as their favorite afternoon energy drink. Not to exaggerate but, beetroot is a wonder vegetable with countless health benefits. It is low in calories and fat and, it helps boost your metabolism.
Nothing lasts forever so, is the case with beetroot. If not properly handled or stored, beetroots would go bad and contaminated due to molds. If they appear soft in contrast to their original firm texture, the situation gets alarming and, this is when your beetroot stock is for no good anymore.
How to store Beetroot?
If you have brought beetroots in bulk from the market and wish to enjoy them for a long period of time, you must consider all the safe storage methods mentioned below.
Choose firm beets with fresh leaves
Try to pick the freshest bundle of beetroot. Trim the leaves immediately since they absorb moisture from the root which, contributes to spoilage, so you should keep your beets as dry as you can to increase their shelf life.
Beets should be kept in a cold, damp place, so the best choice is your refrigerator. Beetroots should be packaged in a plastic bag. Don’t forget to make tiny holes in the bag to avoid moisture from trapping inside. Your fridge drawer is a good place for beetroots storage where they remain fresh for 2-3 weeks.
Store your beets in a root cellar
If you intend to store your beetroot for a longer period of time, the root cellar is probably the best option on your list. Commonly used substances in the cellar include sand and sawdust. The most important thing is to maintain optimum temperature and moisture conditions in the root cellar.
Detach the leaves from the bottom. Place the beets in your container gently. Put moist sand or sawdust in between the layers. Make sure your container has a lid. In this way, beetroots can remain fresh and reliable for up to 3 months.
Use Canning Method
Preserving beetroots in a can is another favorable method for long-term storage. Clean beetroots and get rid of the greens. Cook them in a container for 40 minutes. After cooling them, you should place them in your canning jars. Add some water and salt as a preservative. Seal the can and place it in a cool, dry place and, you are done.
Can we freeze Beetroot?
Freezing fresh beets is not a very good idea as they tend to turn sloppy when they are frozen. Cooked beets, however, freeze well.
Follow these steps for freezing your beetroot.
- Remove the greens and clean dirt from the beets.
- Place the beets in a pot and give them a good boil for 25 – 30 minutes.
- Allow them to cool by rinsing them with cold water or place them in an ice-water bath.
- Peel the skin and spread them on a sheet before freezing to avoid any clumping, later place the beets in zip-lock plastic bags.
This makes your beetroot last for 8-12 months. Isn’t it amazing?
How long does Beetroot last?
The shelf life of beetroot is strongly influenced by storage methods and environmental conditions, including aeration, humidity and, temperature. Be ready to welcome molds in your veggies if you haven’t stored your beets in the right manner.
Well stored, fresh beets will last for about 2 weeks in a refrigerator but, freezing them will increase this time period up to 18 months. The ready-to-use canned beets will last for 3-4 days i0f carefully refrigerated. They are the go-to option for use in instant soups, salads and, syrups.
How To Tell If Beetroot Has Gone Bad
Some obvious signs tell you that your beets aren’t good to eat anymore so, they better be discarded as soon as possible to not contaminate other fruits and vegetables in your fridge drawer.
- When beets go bad, they have a foul smell which at times becomes unbearable.
- Fresh beets are hard and firm vegetables. If they are spoiled, they lose their firm consistency and become soggy.
- Molds are fungi growing on the surface of vegetables making, them rotten and no longer suitable for eating. Throw away your molded beets in the dust bin before it’s too late
- If you aren’t still sure about your beets, taste them. Spoiled beets have a bitter and unpleasant taste.
Fresh beets can be a treat to your taste buds whether you have them in your post-workout energy drinks or dinner salads. They have multiple health benefits like all other vegetables and help boost your immune system. Follow the correct approach when it comes to their storage and, you will be able to have long-term benefits from them by incorporating them into your daily diet routines.