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How to Store Beets to Keep Them Fresh

This ultimate guide to storing beetroot will answer all your questions about how to keep beets fresh and firm, whether you store them in the fridge, freezer, on the counter, or in a cellar.
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch beets, any variety

Equipment

  • 1 freezer-friendly bag or container optional
  • 1 sauce pan for boiling if freezing
  • 1 bowl for icing if freezing

Instructions 

  • How to store beets in the refrigerator: After washing and drying the beets, and cutting off the greens, place them in a storage bag and remove excess air. Store the bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge, and they'll maintain their quality for 1 month.
  • How to store beets in a cellar or basement: Fill a box with damp dirt or sand. Bury the harvested beets beneath the dirt or sand in the box. They should be buried separately and not touching. Take the beets out of the box as needed, and then store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • How to store beets on the countertop or pantry: Cut beet greens from the beet root and store in a box or in the open air on your countertop or in your pantry for up to one month. Check on beets periodically and remove any that spoil.
  • How to store beets in the freezer: Blanche beets in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a bowl of ice water to cool. Dry completely, then store in a freezer-friendly bag for up to 6 months. When you're ready to eat the beets, you can thaw them by running under cold water. This should only take a couple of minutes and then you can cook them or use them as you please.