Wednesday, January 17, 2007

some thoughts on beets

I've been obsessed lately with steamed beets. Don't make that face! They're lovely.

Cut off their greens, if they have them. You don't need to cut off the spindly little tails.
Wash them a bit to get the major dirt off. Don't peel!
Pop them in a pot with a steamer basket inside (and water, of course).
Depending on the size of the beets, they should be done somewhere between 25 and 45 minutes. You'll know because a fork will go in easily. Don't let all the water boil away!
Now: rub off all the skin using paper towels.
Cover your cutting board with plastic wrap (unless you want it to be pink forever) and slice. Discard the tails.
Store in a zippy bag in the fridge (again, unless you want your tupperware of choice to be pink forever).
Use in divine little salads: baby spinach, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, oil and vinegar.

As an added bonus: they'll turn your pee pink!

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