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Beetroot

Buying

Avoid large or long roots as they tend to be more ‘woody’.

Storing

Though beetroot are best stored in a cool, dry dark place, they can also be stored at room temperature. In the fridge, they will last for at least 3 – 4 weeks. Shrivelled or ‘rubbery’ beetroots can be revived by soaking in cold water before use.

Freezing

Beetroots can be frozen once cooked. Before freezing, cook, peel and slice them.

Freezer life

up to 1 year

Using up

Thinly sliced or grated, raw beetroot works well in a salad. Instead of boiling beetroot, try baking them whole, wrapped in tinfoil. This is perfect for beets that are a little old. If you have a bit left, it’s delicious with feta or goat’s cheese. Beetroot is also a good substitute for carrots and can be incorporated into cakes, used to make burgers, or a hearty soup.

Good to know!

Beetroot leaves should not be wasted – they can be used like spinach but they need to be used soon after buying.

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