How To Freeze Beets
Recipe developer and big root vegetable fan at Crave The Good. Disciple of the No Carb Left Behind movement.
Pick fresh, firm beets that are heavy for their size and skip any beets that are soft or wiggly.
For Best Results
Freezing Beets 101
Scrub and trim beet stems to 1 1/2". Place in a large roasting pan, toss with a drizzle of olive oil, and cover with a lid or tin foil.
Roast at 400f
Roast beets at 400 f until easily pierced with a fork.
Remove cooked beets from roasting pan and run under cold water while rubbing to easily remove the skins.
“ If you're not growing your own, Try to source locally grown fresh beets! Ask your friends with gardens, check the farmer's market, etc. Fresh beets are more flavorful than store-bought, in my experience. “
Slice Or Dice.
Depending on how you plan on using your beets, prepare them for the freeze. Slices, dices, and even whole small beets are great from the freezer.
Fill up freezer friendly bags with cooked and prepared beets. I usually add a 1 meal portion for my family to each bag. Then either vacuum seal or close the bag.
Once bagged and sealed, transfer your beets to the freezer - they should last around 6 months - unless vacuum sealed, then they'll last 12.
How to thaw:
To eat cold: allow the beets to thaw at room temperature for a few hours, or in the fridge overnight. To eat hot: heat the beets in the microwave in a microwave safe dish
Your harvest is preserved for future use!