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Peeling Beets


Peeling beets is not as difficult as you might think. Here's everything you need to know to get started. Where to peel: The only important consideration before beginning is that whatever the beet skins fall onto may be stained. Wooden cutting boards will turn purple and stay that way for a while. It's best to peel into a glass, glazed, or stainless bowl.

When to peel: Beets will peel easily when they are cooked until tender. If you're having a hard time peeling them, then they're not cooked enough. If your beets are piping hot and you need to peel them soon for the dish you're making, you can run cold water over them in a colander for a couple of minutes, and then peel them under a trickle of cold water. If you have time to let them cool to room temperature, there's no need for the water trick.

How to peel: When cooked, no tools are required--just wash your hands before beginning. Holding the beet firmly in one hand, run the thumb of the other hand over the skin with some pressure. A distinctive layer of beet skin will slide off, leaving only a smooth, purple patch. Run your thumb with pressure over the entire beet, sloughing off small and large patches of skin. Once you get the feel for it, it will go very quickly, and can be a fun task for kids to help with.


If not boiling or steaming: try peeling before cooking with a vegetable peeler.  OR  Try just rubbing clean before cooking, especially if roasting.

Once peeled, rinse beets and slice or dice for your favorite dish. Try sesame beets.