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Freezing Beets

January 24, 2012

While reading the solutions to the question about freezing cooked beets, I realized I could freeze them like I do fresh berries. I put a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper in an 8x8 inch pan, then layer the cooked, sliced beets so they freeze individually.

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When frozen, release from the paper into a freezer bag. When defrosted, they will be able to be used in a salad or re-heated.

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I have a large, 4 pound 6 ounce, can of whole beets. What would be an acceptable way to save the unused portion?

I will not be using the remaining contents right away. Would freezing in a storage bag be okay?

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March 23, 20181 found this helpful
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It is safe to freeze them. You can either freeze them in the juice or remove the juice and freeze them in an air tight freezer bag. This will all depend on you. Just remember than when you defrost them, they will not be the same as when you froze them.

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July 2, 2011

Can you freeze beets and how long do they last?

By Amy P

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July 6, 20111 found this helpful

Go to www.pickyourown.org . This site tells you everything about freezing and canning. I use this site regularly.

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July 6, 20111 found this helpful

From www.pickyourown.org.
Freezing Beets
Since beets are almost exclusively used in a cooked form, which means that losing the raw texture is less important, they do freeze fairly well. Here's how to freeze beets to store in your freezer at home.
Directions
Step 1 - Selecting the beets
The most important step! Select deep, uniformly-red, tender, young beets. You need beets that are fresh and crisp. Limp, old beets will make nasty tasting canned beets. Guests will probably throw them at you. Select firm, crisp beets. Remove and discard any soft, diseased, spotted and chewed up beets.

How many beets and where to get them
You can grow your own, pick your own, or buy them at the grocery store. About 7 pounds of 2- to 2-inch diameter beets makes about 8 pints of beets.

Step 2 - Trim the ends and cut into smaller pieces
Just take a sharp knife and trim off beet tops, leaving an 1/2 to 1 inch of stem and roots to prevent bleeding of color.

Step 3 -Wash the beets!
I'm sure you can figure out how to scrub the beets in plain cold or lukewarm water using your hands or a vegetable brush. It's easier to wash them after you've cut off the tops.

Step 4 - Cook the beets
Put similar sized beets (hopefully, they're all of a similar size so they take the same time to cook) together with enough boiling water to cover them and cook until tender (usually for small beets 25 to 30 minutes; for medium beets 45 to 50 minutes, in an open pot, or 10 - 15 minutes in a pressure cooker). Drain and discard the liquid.

Step 5 - Cool the beets
You can pour ice over them, or just let them cool on their own. It's just to cool them enough so you can handle them to remove the skins, stems, roots and then slice or quarter them.

Step 6 - Trim, peel and slice
Trim off the roots and stems. The skins should easily slide off. Slice the beets into 1-inch slices. You can leave the beets whole (if they are small, say 1 inch or less), or quarter them or slice them into 1-inch slices.

Step 7 - Package, label and freeze
Package in ziploc freezer bags, or better, in a vacuum food saver bag. Label; e.g., "Beets" and the current date. Seal and freeze.

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July 7, 20111 found this helpful

Beets should be cooked in skins until done. Pull skins off and slice or quarter. Put a small amount of the juice from the cooking of the beets into the container with the sliced beets. I usually place them in plastic freezer bags. They will keep for at least 2 yrs as long as there is not a hole in the bag. Be sure to press all the air from the plastic bag. They can be made into "just heat and season" and eat or into vinegar and sugar or splenda recipes. I some times put a sprinkle of cinnamon and stir in a little splenda and corn starch and vinegar and heat until cornstarch is clear.

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July 10, 20111 found this helpful

I do most of the things listed here, but I water or juice pack them in zip bags. When you seal them in the bags make sure you get all the air out. These water packed beets are great and I've used them up to 2 years after making them. Only if the bag hasn't been broken. I make juice or water packed beets when I freeze them. This gives me the option of plain or pickled, when they are thawed. I use quart bags that way if I want more I can use more. They also thaw easier.

To make pickled beets and eggs, I heat the whole bag or more bags of beets with vinegar and sugar, then add the eggs to the hot mix and refrigerate. You must taste this mix to get the right amount of vinegar and sugar. When eggs are put in the hot mix, they soak up the color and taste faster. We like ours quite puckery, more so than most people. My choice is no spices with mine. I prefer the plain sugar and vinegar flavor. I also don't use salt. I don't think mine need it. If I have it I like red wine vinegar.

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August 20, 2011

I have my beets and I want to boil them. Can I then cut them up and freeze them for winter use?

By Hazel

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August 20, 20110 found this helpful

You should be able to cut the beets after cooking, then freeze them just like any other cooked food is frozen.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

Yes but you can cut them up first and then they will be ready to serve.

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June 1, 20160 found this helpful

Yes you have to cut them first then you boil and then you can freeze them

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September 6, 2011

Can I freeze beetroot?

By James E.

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Google the topic to find the directions. No matter what you do with beets, you have to scrub them and cook them with the skins on them, and leave two-three inches of stem on them, or else they will bleed the color out, and they won't be the nice deep color that they normally are.

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

Along with Redhatterb's advice you need to cook them until tender. Allow them to cool and store in a freezer container with as much air removed as possible.

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July 28, 2010

Can I freeze fresh garden beets in a food storage sealed bag?

Linda

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July 30, 20100 found this helpful

Beets: Wash and sort according to size. Leave tap root but trim tops leaving 1-2 inch of stem. Cook in boiling water until tender (small beets 25 to 30 minutes/large beets 45 to 50 minutes). Cool, peel (removing stem and tap root) and cut into slices or cubes. Package, seal and freeze.

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August 7, 20110 found this helpful

Try these directions, I used it last year and it worked.

Freezing Beets: Since beets are almost exclusively used in a cooked form, which means that losing the raw texture is less important, they do freeze fairly well. Here's how to freeze beets to store in your freezer at home.

Directions
Step 1 - Selecting the beets: The most important step! Select deep, uniformly-red, tender, young beets. You need beets that are FRESH and crisp. Limp, old beets will make nasty tasting canned beets. Select firm, crisp beets. Remove and discard any soft, diseased, spotted and chewed up beets.
How many beets and where to get them
You can grow your own, pick your own, or buy them at the grocery store. About 7 pounds of 2- to 2½-inch diameter beets makes about 8 pints of beets.

Step 2 - Take a sharp knife and trim off beet tops, leaving an 1/2 to 1 inch of stem and roots to prevent bleeding of color (very important that you leave some stems and the roots).

Step 3 -Wash the beets! Scrub the beets in plain cold or lukewarm water using your hands or a vegetable brush. It's easier to wash them after you've cut off the tops.

Step 4 - Cook the beets: Put similar sized beets (hopefully, they're ALL of a similar size so they take the same time to cook) together with enough boiling water to cover them and cook until tender (usually for small beets 25 to 30 minutes; for medium beets 45 to 50 minutes, in an open pot, or 10 - 15 minutes in a pressure cooker). Drain and discard the liquid.

Step 5 - Cool the beets: You can pour ice over them, or just let them cool on their own. It's just to cool them enough so you can handle them to remove the skins, stems, roots and then slice or quarter them.

Step 6 - Trim, peel and slice: Trim off the roots and stems. The skins should easily slide off. Slice the beets into ¼-inch slices. You can leave the beets whole (if they are small, say 1 inch or less), or quarter them or slice them into ¼-inch slices.

Step 7 - Package, label and freeze: Package in ziploc freezer bags, or better, in a vacuum food saver bag. Label; e.g., "Beets" and the current date. Seal and freeze
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May 27, 2012

I need a recipe for how to freeze beets.

By Alice

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May 28, 20120 found this helpful

I'm sure you can find the directions on google. From what I can remember from many years ago, you cook the beets without peeling them and you also leave the tail and a few inches of the stems, whatever they are called. You have to do this or else they will lose a quite a bit of their color. Then when they are completely cooked you cut the tail and stems off, and peel them, then cut them into whatever size pieces you want and proceed to put them in containers, baggies, etc. and freeze. Being they are already cooked you won't have to blanch them. Like I say this is what I remember, so I would verify it before doing it.

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September 10, 2011

Can you freeze beets in plastic freezer containers? If so what are the steps to do it? Should some of the juices be frozen with it? Or packed dry?

By Lynn R.

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

You are best to can them. I am not sure you can freeze beets. Check out the "Ball Caning Book" I think it's called Ball Blue book.

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August 2, 2011

Can I freeze fresh beets to use at a later time, such as for soups?

By Lu from Canada


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August 2, 20110 found this helpful

I tried, they were disgusting. They need to be canned or pickled.

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August 21, 2013

Can I freeze raw sugar beets, and for how long? Does freezing destroy it's natural nutrients?

By Josephine C

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September 23, 2012

Can I freeze my beets after I've bottled them?

By Gloria from Bay Bulls, NL, Canada

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September 2, 2012

Can I freeze home grown red beets and how do I do it?

By B.W. from Wenatchee, WA

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May 17, 2012

How long can you freeze beetroot? Can you freeze spinach and how?

By Nicky

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