How to Boil Beets

And remove the skin

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Ryan GoodwinPublished on 15 days ago

If you just boil or roast beets long enough, it becomes very easy to remove the skin. I prefer boiling because it's cleaner, faster and simpler.

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What you will need

1 bunch of beets

How to cook



Remove greens

Take off the greens. If they're in good condition, you should definitely sautee them with some onion and olive oil. They taste a lot like chard.


Heat a pot of water

Chose a pot that is deep enough to contain your beets. Fill it with water and place over medium heat.


Add beets

Place the beets in the water. They should be fully submerged.


Bring to a gentle simmer

Keep the water at a simmer. It doesn't need to boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, depending on the size of your beets.


Cook until done

You know they are done cooking when you can easily pierce straight through to the center of your largest beet with a knife or a skewer.


Shock in ice water

Remove from heat, then transfer the beets into a bowl of ice water. This just tends to make them easier to peel.



If the beets are cooked properly, the skin should easily rub right off. They're ready to eat. You can use them in any recipe calling for cooked beets. Usually I just slice them up and toss with some combination of salt pepper, vinegar and olive oil.



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