Beet is a biennial plant root vegetable, rich in nutrients, versatile, and rich antioxidants.
They are easy to store, especially in the refrigerator. Properly stored beets can last for weeks or even months. So how to storing beets?
Choose beets with fresh unscented green vegetables. If you want to store beets and keep them fresh, you need to make sure to pick new beets first.
The leaves attached to the beetroot are the best indicator of freshness. If the greens on the beet wilt, the beetroot may not be very fresh, so choose another fresh one.
If you pick your own beets from the garden, you can wait until the cold season, even after the first frost, but you should pick the beets before the temperature drops to 24°F (-4°C).
Put them in a cold place immediately after picking them, instead of leaving them in the sun.
Remove imperfect beets
Avoid beets with obvious defects. Your beets should have flawless skin.
Look for dark maroon, unless you choose a different kind of beet, such as golden beet. The tail at the bottom should be intact.
Pick solid beets
Pick solid beets. Softness is a sign of beet destruction, so choose solid ones.
If you already have beets and find that they are soft, it is best to throw them away.
Trim the leaves and stems
Trim the leaves and stems. Since the leaves draw water from the roots, removing them immediately will help keep the beets fresh for longer.
So before storing beets, you should trim them, leaving about 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5 cm) of stems on top of the roots. Don’t trim the tail.
The beets are edible, so you don’t have to throw them away. They can be prepared like any other vegetable, for example by sauteing.
Put the greens in the refrigerator only for 2 or 3 days. Since they rot faster, they should be stored separately from the roots.
Wipe off the dirt from the roots
Wipe off the dirt from the roots. Sugar beets grow on the ground, and when they are harvested, they are covered with soil.
They need to be cleaned, but they cannot be cleaned, which will make them rot faster. Instead, gently wipe away the dirt from the roots.
If you want to wash the beets at this time, make sure to dry them thoroughly before storing them.
Keep the beets dry and dry. Again, moisture helps rot, so if you want them to last for a while, you should keep your beets dry.
You should also save them because cooked beets will not last long.
Put the beets in a plastic bag
Put the beets in a porous plastic bag. Putting the beets in a plastic bag prevents them from softening, drying out, and wrinkling in the refrigerator.
It is best to cut small holes in the bag so that it will not fall into a humid environment.
Put the beets in the refrigerator
Put the beets in the crisper. The crisper in the refrigerator is the best place to keep the beets fresh, as well as other vegetables.
But if they are not suitable for fresh-keeping boxes, then stored on the refrigerator shelf is also possible.
Check regularly whether the beets are still firm. If stored for a long time or cannot be used properly, the beets will become soft.
Check your beets regularly to make sure they are still firm and not spoiled.
If they are stored properly, your beets should be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 months.
But it is better to check from time to time to make sure they are not soft.
Store in the cellar
If you cannot use the refrigerator, store the beets in the cellar.
Storing beets in the refrigerator is simple and effective, but you can also store them in the cellar or any other cold and humid place.
In this case, place your beets in a plastic container or cooler.
You can even pack beets in peat moss, sand, or sawdust to help keep them fresh.
The temperature at which you store the beets should be 32 to 40°F (0 to 4°C) and the humidity should be high (about 95%)
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