How to Boil Beets

Beets are a healthy and tasty vegetable, so learning how to boil beets lets you add to the variety of good vegetables you should eat. Boiling beets takes a little longer than boiling numerous other foods, but it’s easy to do.

If you’re wondering why beets are good to eat, below are a number of reasons to eat beets – and one particular case where you should choose other veggies to eat. Further down we’ll show you how to boil beets.

Medicinal Uses of Beets

Beets are good for your digestion and blood flow, and some doctors have proposed that betanin in red beets works against oxidative stress. Beets have been used since the time of Ancient Rome as a folk medicine and aphrodisiac, with beet soups being used to cure fevers and constipation. Digestive ailments were treated throughout the Middle Ages with beets.

On the other hand, if you have problems with kidney stones, keep in mind that beets contain oxalic acid, which may help in the formation of kidney stones.

Boiling Beets

Before you start boiling beets, wash them thoroughly and trim their ends off. Those who bought beets at the store should know that a pre-wash has been done already. If that’s the case, you shouldn’t perform a thorough scrub. If you took them out of your garden, though, give beets a thorough washing.

Cut the Beets

Cut the tops of your beets at about 3 inches. Leave enough of the top on to cover the beet while cooking, though, so the taste doesn’t bleed away as quickly.

How Long to Boil Beets

How to Boil Beets

How to Boil Beets

Place the beets in a pan. Cover them with cold water from a faucet. Heat the water up to a boil. You can tell the water is boiling when the water starts to bubble. When the water boils, turn the dial down roughly to 75% of boiling point.

How long to boil beets? Boil the beets until they’re soft. This usually takes between twenty and thirty minutes. Keep checking with a fork, until your know the beets are boiled.

Ending the Boil

When the beets are tender, remove the heat from them, then drain off the water from the pan. Let the beets cool, then carefully peel the beets. Peeling beets is best done when you take the tops off the beat, which should peel off the skin as you remove it.

When peeling beets, remember that you’ll end up with pink hands, from the beet stains. Wearing gloves makes beet peeling messy, as well, at least for the gloves. Wear latex gloves, if you are entertaining and don’t want to entertain with stained hands.

Add Butter Before Serving

Put your boiled beets in a serving bowl.

If the beets cool before it’s time to serve them, re-heat them by putting them in microwave, along with butter, and heat them. If you don’t re-heat the beets, add butter to them anyway. Salt is a good all-purpose seasoning, for just about any cooked food item.

How to Cook Beets Boil

Boiling beets is just one way to serve the vegetable, but it’s the most basic and easiest way. Once you learn how to cook beets boil, consider learning other preparations.

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