Have you ever wondered how long roasted beets will last in the fridge?
Do you love beets and their earthy flavor? I love them, but I know not everybody does, Even if you don’t like the taste of beets, you have to admit that they are pretty. Their vibrant red color is simply stunning.
If you love them, I have great suggestions and recipes for you today. And if not, you can enjoy the beautiful pictures.
I have grown fresh beets in the garden and have pulled a few to roast and share with you today, so come on over.
What are beets
Beets are a root vegetable that is native to Europe and Asia.
They are a member of the Chenopodiaceae family, which also includes spinach, chard, and quinoa.
Beets are known for their deep red color, which comes from a pigment called betacyanin. You can find several kinds at the grocery store, such as yellow, white, and red beets.
What types of beets are there?
There are dozens of different types of beets, but the most common ones are:
- Red beets are the most popular type of beet. They have deep red flesh and a slightly earthy flavor.
- Golden beets have yellow flesh and a milder flavor than red beets.
- Chioggia beets are a type of striped beet with red and white flesh. They have a sweet and earthy flavor.
- White beets have white flesh and a mild flavor. They are often used in salads and as a garnish.
- Baby beets are small, round ones typically eaten raw or pickled.
In addition to these common types, there are also many other varieties of beets, including:
- Bull’s Blood beets have a deep purple flesh and a strong flavor.
- Foronoa beets are a type of large, round beet with a sweet flavor.
- Cylindra beets are long, cylindrical beets with a mild flavor.
- Mangold beets are a type of beet with large, leafy greens. The greens can be eaten cooked or raw.
No matter what type of beet you choose, they are a healthy and delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed in many ways.
Why are beets good for you?
Beets are an excellent dietary fiber, folate, full of vitamin C, potassium, and a source of magnesium.
They have also been shown to have several health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, improving exercise performance, and protecting against cancer.
You can eat beets raw, cooked or juiced. They are versatile vegetables in various dishes, including salads, soups, and smoothies.
How to store beets and how long do they last?
Before we get to the good part (the yummy recipes), let’s talk about storing our beets.
Storing raw beets
The best way to store raw beets is in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 2 weeks in the crisper drawer. Here are some tips for storing raw beets:
- Wash the beets before storing them. This will remove any dirt or bacteria that could shorten their shelf life.
- Trim the greens off the beets. The beet greens will not store well in the refrigerator and can spoil the beets faster.
- Wrap the beets in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container or plastic bag. This will help to keep them fresh and prevent them from drying out.
- Store the beets in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. This is the coldest part of the refrigerator and will help to keep the beets fresh for the longest time.
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Storing cooked or roasted beets (how long do they last)
Cooked beets also need to be stored in the refrigerator. They will keep for 5-7 days in an airtight container. Here are some tips for storing cooked beets:
- Allow the beets to cool completely before storing them. This will help to prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Peel the beets before storing them. This will make them easier to store and use later.
- Cut the beets into bite-sized pieces or slices. This will make them easier to store and use in recipes.
- Place the beets in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. This will help to keep them fresh and prevent them from drying out.
Storing Frozen beets
There are two ways to freeze beets:
- Blanching: This is the most common way to freeze beets. To blanch beets, follow these steps:
- Wash the beets and trim the greens.
- Cut the beets into bite-sized pieces or slices.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Add the beets to the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender.
- Drain the beets and immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Once the beets are cool, drain them and pat them dry with a paper towel.
- Place the beets in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Cooking after blanching: If you want to cook beets after they have blanched and frozen, you can thaw them and then cook them as you would normally. However, it is not necessary to cook them again. The blanching process will have already cooked them through.
- Freezing raw beets: This is a less common way to freeze beets, but it is still a viable option. To freeze raw beets, follow these steps:
- Wash the beets and trim the greens.
- Peel the beets (optional).
- Cut the beets into bite-sized pieces or slices.
- Place the beets in an airtight container or use freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
Best recipes using roasted beets
I have so many yummy beet recipes to share with you today. Since the big question is how long do roasted beets last, I like to use them up in the first week and these recipes help me do that.
Ingredients for roasted beets
- You can use a variety of fresh beets, such as red beets and golden beets. I like to mix them together for a colorful and flavorful dish. The beets should all be about the same size, but whether you use large or small beets doesn’t matter.
- Olive oil
- Seasoning salt
- Black pepper
- Herbs de Provence
- Aluminum foil
- 4-6 Peeled garlic cloves
Directions for cooking beets-(how long do roasted beets last)
- Cut a large piece of foil to wrap up the beets in a foil tent.
- Clean your beets and cut off the beet greens.
- Leave the skins on the beets.
- Place the whole beets in the center of the foil in a single layer.
- Using a vegetable brush, give the beets a coat of olive oil.
- Season with salt, pepper, and the Herbs de Provence over the beets.
- Wrap up the foil so it is airtight.
- Place the beets on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 60-90 minutes. Stick a knife in the beet to see if they are done. It should slide in and out of the beet easily.
- Let the beets cool completely until they reach room temperature.
- Remove the skins with a sharp knife.
- Cut the beets into bite-size pieces using a cutting board.
- The easiest way to store them is in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
The easiest recipe for roasted beets
How long do roasted beets last in the fridge?
Roasted beets can last in the fridge for up to 7 days.
To store them, let them cool completely before placing them in an airtight container or zip-top bag.
You can also wrap beets tightly in plastic wrap, and store them in the crisper drawer of the fridge.
Recipe for Beet Salad with Chicken
- Spicy pecans from Trader Joe’s
- Crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese
- Pre-cooked chicken
- Roasted beets
- Orange sections cut into bite-size pieces
Directions for THE SALAD
- Combine all ingredients adding the arugula as the base.
- Add the balsamic dressing per the recipe below.
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe
Ingredients for balsamic vinaigrette
- ½ cup olive oil (extra virgin)
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- Two tablespoons honey
- a pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Two tablespoons of Dijon mustard
Directions for mixing the dressing
- Combine all ingredients and mix well with a whisk.
- Keep dressing in the refrigerator.
Roasted beets are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from appetizers to main courses.
They are delicious, visually appealing, and packed with nutrients.
Recipe for Beet Hummus
- Two – three medium beets, roasted
- 15 ounces of cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- Two cloves garlic, minced
- Two tablespoons tahini
- 1/2 cup of Greek plain yogurt
- Two tablespoons of lemon juice
- Two tablespoons of olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- Fresh cilantro
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
- If the dip is too thick, add some water and blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
- Serve in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds, and some fresh cilantro.
If you love to juice, you will enjoy this refreshing beet juice with apples and carrots.
Recipe for Beet Juice
- Two medium beets, trimmed and washed (raw)
- One Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored
- Three large carrots peeled
- Juice In this order, the beets, apples, and carrots follow your juicer’s specific settings for each fruit or vegetable. Enjoy!
Other roasted beet recipe ideas
Here are just a few more of my favorites you must try!
I hope you enjoyed this post on the many possibilities of beets, from farm to table.
I encourage you to try some of the recipes, and please let me know how you liked them!
Until next time,