We love beets, they are healthy and just so delicious. There are many ways to preserve beets, here we share how to freeze beets in 3 different ways.
We like to grow Cylindra, a very sweet Heirloom beet that grows in a long cylindrical shape. Very nice for slicing. Sometimes they get really big, too.
We also love the Beet Chioggia, an Italian beet variety that is red and white. This variety does not bleed and is a bit sweeter, I also find that this variety is a bit easier on digestion.
1. How to freeze cooked beets
Beets are best to be cooked whole with the skin on. Just cut up the leaves, leaving about an inch. That prevents them from bleeding out. As soon as you can put a fork in, they are done. It will take 30-50 minutes, depending on the size.
It works very well with cooking up a lot of beets whenever we want them for supper and freezing the rest. I like to cook beets in a pot with about an inch of water at the bottom, so that the beets are steamed, not boiled in water. It preserves the taste better. Read more in How to steam vegetables without a steamer. But beets can also be cooked in water, as you would cook potatoes.
After they are cooked, peel the hot beets under running water, the skin will come right off. Or let the beets cool off and then peel them, again, the skin will simply come off.
To freeze slice the beets and spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer. When frozen, transfer them into a freezer bag. That way you can easily take portions out as needed.
In the winter we just reheat them and we have delicious beets, just like fresh. This is great in beet salads, or roast them in the oven.
How to Freeze roasted beets
This idea to freeze roasted beets comes from a reader, we tried it and like it. We used the Beet Chioggia, our favorite beat for roasting.
Cut the beets into bite-size peases, you can peel them or roast with skin on and slip the skin off after roasting if desired.
Drizzle with some olive oil or balsamic vinegar and roast for 15-30 minutes at 350F, so that they are barely done, you can just pierce them with a fork.
Let cool and transfer the baking sheet into a freezer. When frozen, transfer the roasted beets into a freezer bag. That way you can easily take portions out as needed. Reheat in the oven, sprinkled with some seasoning for about 20 minutes or in a covered dish in the microwave for 5-10 minutes.
How to Freeze chopped beets
Beets can also be frozen raw when chopped into small peases. This is a great way to freeze beets for soups and borscht. Chopped vegetables do not have to be blanched to freeze. Just like carrots, they keep well raw.
Cut the raw peeled beets into small peases, transfer into a freezer bag, label and freeze.
What about the beet greens, can they be frozen too? They sure can! See how to freeze greens here.
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That makes me want a Beet right now :/ LOL We used to can them growing up, but I think freezing them would be less work!
That is one of the reasons I like freezing so much, less work!
Can I freeze beets that I have pickled myself?
Sorry, I have never done that to know if you can. Not sure why you would want to, pickled beets store great for a long time.
I think you should do a post called “How to LIKE Beets” HA! I once took a huge bite of beets thinking they were cranberry sauce. Boy, was I surprised! Great freezing idea, though!
That is easy! Just come over and have some home grown beats and you will LIKE them! If the only beats you ever had are store bought ones, I am not surprised you do not like them – I don’t either.
Try cooking your beets in OJ. Drain the beet juice and warm beets in a small amount of Orange juice. It calms the “beety” flavor and was a great way to get my children to like them. There is no measurement just use enough juice to keep them from burning.
That is interesting, thank you for sharing!
I never liked beets until I tried them with apples and ginger. I roast the beets, peel, and chop them and combine them with chopped apples, powdered ginger, a couple turns of freshly ground black pepper, a splash of olive oil, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. From there, I add whatever sounds good at the moment: toasted pecans or walnuts, goat or feta cheese, honey, maple syrup…go wild! It’ll change your mind about beets.
Thanks for this post. I love beets, did not know they could be frozen.
Thank you SO much for posting this – we have been given a lot of beets through our CSA and we didn’t know what to do with them – lol! My husband peeled one into a salad raw & I was thinking that probably isn’t the way to go >