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Regular consumption of fresh beet juice is beneficial if you're suffering from anemia, low blood hemoglobin, and hypertension. Beet juice is also beneficial for boosting the body's metabolic rate and removing free radicals from the body, acting as one of Nature's most potent fitness and anti-aging elixirs.
There are two common ways to cook beets - boiling and roasting. While preparing the beets for cooking, always wear kitchen gloves as beet juice can stain your skin. If your hands are stained during the cleaning or cooking of beet, then such stain can be removed by rubbing some lemon juice on your skin.
Allow them to cook for about 15-20 minutes, until they become tender. When the beet is tender, you can easily pierce it with a fork. Then, place the beets in cold water and peel off the skin, which is usually very thin, making it really easy to remove.
Fold the top of the foil to form a tent and then place it in the oven. Another way is to place the beets in a roasting pan. Roast the beets for about 15-20 minutes or till they become tender. Thereafter, remove the skin.
Heat 1 tsp of extra-virgin olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add peeled and chopped (or diced) beets to the hot oil. Stir frequently. Then, add a little water and cover the pan with a lid. Sauté for about 5-15 minutes.
Steaming makes the beets quite tender, without adding unnecessary fats. Place the peeled and chopped (or sliced) beets in a steamer. Cook for about 5-15 minutes, depending upon the size of the beets.
You can cook the beets whole too but there are chances that the innermost layers of bigger beets may remain tough due to under-cooking.
Always choose small or medium-sized beets. Avoid soft, slimy or depressed beets. There should not be any black or dark sunken spots on the surface. Before cooking, you need to clean the beetroots thoroughly in order to remove soil and traces of chemicals and pesticides, if any.
Simply scrub the beet with a vegetable brush and hold it under running tap water. Whichever method you use for cooking beets, its sweet taste and nutritional value are sure to win you over if you were not particularly fond of this colorful root vegetable before.