Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rural Red Beets

One of my favorite vegetables are these.  At our house red and golden beets have become a current favorite.  Even though I purchased them in the produce department, hey, they still came from a farm.  And we are happy the farmer choose to grow them.   When beets are younger the greens can be enjoyed,  eaten like spinach...as the beets are thinned to make room for the to grow large, uncrowded by their neighbor beets.  Once they are about this size, the beet greens may get too old, for me to enjoy.  I do prefer trimming the tops with an inch of the leaf stems left, and then cooked.



Step 1.  [Above]  Wash, these were prewashed but if you pull your own, wash them off out-of-doors to get the soil off before a more intensive wash at your own kitchen sink. (Avoid soil in you plumbing.)

Step 2.  I boil them covered  in  water for a long time.  How long? Test for a knife point to go in easily.  You get to decide.  Drain of cooking water.

Step 3.  Slip the outer think layer off.  You can hold them in a layer of towel, which will go red, paper towel may work, or under cool water, quickly, they do not cool too much.  [Right]


Step 4.  [Below]  Cut in wedges, (like those of a sectioned orange), bit size is the nicest.  Squeeze on lemon juice, salt and cracked pepper.   Yummy!


Merry beets for summer, Mary

Linked to Rural Thursday 
Thank you  Nancy @ A Rural Journal and Lisa @ Two Bears Farm.
and Deb @ This or That

19 comments:

  1. This sounds delicious...have never tried it like that!
    ~Anne

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  2. I'm so excited to find someone that loves beets as much as me! We've been enjoying them from the garden the past few weeks. I usually roast mine in olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, pepper and sea salt. Yum!

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  3. I've never been fond of beets but I've only had them pickled, this is something I'll have to try!

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  4. I think I'm not a beet fan because I've never really tried them. I'm happy for you, though!

    Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays. ox

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  5. Very interesting. The color and the taste sound to be great.

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  6. yummy...the photography is wonderful. Happy eating!

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  7. The final pic does look really yummy, actually ...

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  8. We grew beets one year.......I don't know...maybe I did something wrong....they took FOREVER....and didn't taste all that great. You have given me the inpiration to try again!

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  9. I like beets and have trouble understanding why some people don't. ;)

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  10. I love beets, too and haven't cooked them in a long time. They are best fresh from the garden!

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  11. You make me want to grab one and eat it! I really like beets now, did not used to but do now...your's look wonderful. I now follow you Mary and thanks for visiting me because it enabled me to find you...
    Dolly

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  12. They look delicious. I make Harvard Beets. My family likes the sweet & tangy combo :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

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  13. Not a beet fan, but your photos might change that! Lovely pics. :)

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  14. I love beets and this is making me hungry.
    Thanks for stopping by and following me. I am following you back.

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  15. These sounds great!! Thanks for sharing! Love trying new recipes! xo Heather

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  16. That's it? It's that easy? I never really liked beets but i think i will boil and season them like you said... thanks for the suggestion!

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  17. My first taste of beets was at the salad bar at Pizza Hut and have loved them ever since. Unfortunately, beets are not common here but was surprised to see them at the supermarket last week. So tempted to buy some but wouldn't know what to do with them, so I put them back. But now I do, thanks for your simple recipe.

    I'm glad I found your blog. Came here from JennyWoolf's. Hello from Kuala Lumpur!

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  18. I just got two big bunches of beets from a farm the other day - I think a lot of people just pass the beet by - it's a great vegetable. Pic of mine on my blog

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  19. Mary these beets look delish. I love pickled beets! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo P.S. the new giveaway has started!

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