Pressrving beetroot

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Pressrving beetroot

Postby Primrose » Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:18 pm

I,ve just pulled up up a batch of beetroot and was wondering if there was any other way of preserving it in jars rather than sweet pickling, so that I could use it as an occasional cooked vegetable. I suppose the only other way is to cook and freeze it but just thought somebkdy may have come across some other way like preserving it like in in brine which was successful . Am always willing to experiment.
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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Beryl » Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:51 pm

I can't help you there Primrose but I have tried freezing and my attempts were not worth the bother. I found it came out all rubbery. It will store quite well at least until after Christmas/January in a dry shed perhaps in some dry straw. Better than throwing it away.

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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Motherwoman » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:31 am

They used to be 'clamped' like other root veg in Victorian times so the suggestion of storing in straw would be worth a go. I have some lined up on the window sill in a cool store but don't envisage having them there more than a month or so. A box of dry sand may also work, involves the cost of buying the sand but once you've got it you should be able to use again and again.

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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Beryl » Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:50 pm

Primrose a way of using some of your beetroot. A recipe in todays You Mag. with MonS. sounds absolute heaven. I am sure it would freeze well to. this will be a must for me to try.

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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:46 pm

I leave them in the garden until I want to use them. Put plenty of slug pellets down and cover them with a bit of straw.
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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Motherwoman » Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:49 pm

I do pull mine up by the end of October as it's the woodlice I have problems with.

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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:27 am

We've a resident wren that finds woodlice very tasty so they aren't much of a problem MW, they are more of a pest in the greenhouse.
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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Chantal » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:42 am

I roast or boil our beetroot, skin it and freeze individually then bag. Never had a problem with it being rubbery, tastes great either hot or cold :D
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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Tony Hague » Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:56 pm

Every year I put beetroot into a lidded plastic drum (an old brewing one, to be precise), with either dry spent compost from the greenhouse, or dry vermiculite. Twist the tops off the beets first, but no other preparation. Stored like this in a cool dark garage, they will be edible until the following spring.
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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Beryl » Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:30 pm

I must be doing something wrong Chantel. I will have another go next year.
Do you use the young beets or last of the crop?

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Re: Pressrving beetroot

Postby Primrose » Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:48 pm

Has anybody tried preserving them in brine rather than vinegar. (Like olives?).
Does this work?
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