We love beets, they are healthy and just so delicious. There are many ways to preserve beets, here we share how to freeze beets in 3 different ways.
We like to grow Cylindra, a very sweet Heirloom beet that grows in a long cylindrical shape. Very nice for slicing. Sometimes they get huge, too.
We also love the Beet Chioggia, an Italian beet variety that is red and white. This variety does not bleed and is a bit sweeter, I also find that this variety is a bit easier on digestion.
1. How to freeze cooked beets
Beets are best to be cooked whole with the skin on. Just cut up the leaves, leaving about an inch. That prevents them from bleeding out. As soon as you can put a fork in, they are done. It will take 30-50 minutes, depending on the size.
It works very well with cooking up a lot of beets whenever we want them for supper and freezing the rest. I like to cook beets in a pot with about an inch of water at the bottom, so that the beets are steamed, not boiled in water. It preserves the taste better. Read more in How to steam vegetables without a steamer. But beets can also be cooked in water, as you would cook potatoes.
To freeze slice the beets and spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer. When frozen, transfer them into a freezer bag. That way you can easily take portions out as needed.
In the winter we just reheat them, and we have delicious beets, just like fresh. These are great in beet salads or soups.
2. How to Freeze roasted beets
This idea to freeze roasted beets comes from a reader, we tried it and like it. We used the Beet Chioggia, our favorite beat for roasting.
Cut the beets into the desired size, you can peel them or roast with skin on and slip the skin off after roasting.
Drizzle with some olive oil or balsamic vinegar and roast for 15-30 minutes at 350F, so that they are barely done, they can just be pierced with a fork.
Let cool and transfer the baking sheet into a freezer. When frozen, transfer the roasted beets into a freezer bag. That way you can easily take portions out as needed. Reheat in the oven, sprinkled with some seasoning for about 20 minutes, or in a covered dish in the microwave for 5 minutes.
3. How to Freeze chopped beets
Beets can also be frozen raw when chopped into small pieces. This is a great way to freeze beets for soups and borscht. Chopped vegetables do not have to be blanched to freeze. Just like carrots, they keep well raw.
Cut the raw peeled beets into small pieces, transfer them into a freezer bag, label and freeze. Any beet variety can be frozen like that.
What about the beet greens, can they be frozen too?
They sure can! See how to freeze greens here.
Do you prefer canning?