Gimme a Beet

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Don’t  you just love beets?  We are big fans in our house.  We got beets in our weekly CSA a couple weeks ago and after some research, we realized that steaming beets is the way to go (we always assumed you boiled them!).  So, I thought I would share the process with you because if you ever thought it was daunting to prepare beets from scratch – it is not!  According to www.healthy-beets.com:


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Wash the beets gently and place them in the inner pan (or basket) of the steamer arranging the beets in a single layer.  Add 2 inches of water to the steamer and bring to boil.  Place the basket in the steamer pot and steam at a rolling boil until the beets are tender.  Always cover the pot when steaming vegetables, and check the water level periodically.It will take about 35-50 minutes to steam two pounds of fresh beets depending on their size. The beets are done when they can be easily pierced to their center with a sharp knife.

Plunge the beets in cold water, and peel when they are cool enough to handle, but still warm. Then, the skins will slip easily.

And of course, freshly steamed beets mixed with lettuce and delicious goat cheese is salad perfection…

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