Well enough about the cornstarch, back to beets! I have seen fresh beets in the store for years but have always been afraid to cook them so instead I would buy them canned. As a matter of fact beets have been one of the very few things I buy in cans, when I can't get to the vegetable bin and for some of the veggies that just require too much work for even me I depend on frozen. They still have their nutrients in them, are cost effective especially when on sale and have no added stuff. It's the veggies and only the veggies!
A few months ago I finally got brave and bought some fresh beets when I was shopping, they sat in the fridge for quite a while (thankfully root vegetables do not have a very short shelf life) until I decided I had to do something with them!
So there I was the beets and no idea how to cook them!! Would my hands turn purple (if it is going to happen you know I would be the one with the purple hands) how do you get the skin off them? How do you cut them....the questions went on and on.
Off to the Internet I went only to find out that you can either grill or roast beets with the skin on!! How easy is that? My first beet endeavor was on the grill. I simply cut both ends off the beets, quartered them, threw them in some foil with a bit of olive oil, closed up the foil and threw them on the grill. Now one thing I have to tell you is that the folks that say they cook in a half in hour can't tell time! Those suckers were on the grill for closer to an hour and a half but boy did they taste good when they were done!
On one of my last trips downtown I once again bought beets, there were no smaller ones available so I got four rather largish ones. Once again they sat in the fridge and yesterday I decided that they have to be cooked. I decided to roast them since goodness knows its not hot enough here already and I must warm the house up more with the oven! I followed the same directions as before but this time I didn't quarter them, into the 350 degree oven they went to roast for two hours.
I am not sure what I will do with them next, they could just be sliced and warmed with some butter or pickled (which is not as tough as it sounds). What ever I decide to do with them will have to happen tomorrow since if I do it today and leave for Michael with his chicken for tonight chances are he will not eat them.
|Bear had to have his picture taken when I took the camera out. It was tough to get him to sit still for this one since there was not only the camera but food on the stove!|