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Jun 1, 2010 09:34 AM

Cooked beets OK for how long?

I boiled, peeled, refrigerated... and then promptly forgot a bunch of small beets about a week ago. Should they still be good, first in terms of food safety (they've been in a closed Ziploc bag at normal fridge temperature), second in terms of taste and texture? I'm not sure I trust my nose to detect the first signs of spoilage, and figured I'd ask here before I taste them.

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  1. they're usually only good for 3 or 4 days, maybe 5 max...particularly when you suffocate them in plastic like that ;) if you don't trust your nose, go for sight & feel. if they're slimy, toss 'em. and next time, store in a glass jar with a screw-on lid.

    1. Feel them with your fingers. If they feel slimy, you can scrub the outsides with salt and you SHOULD end up with solid, firm beets. Then I would slice them and pickle them. You can probably find lots of recipes for pickled beets on the web, but what I would do if I was too lazy to look it up is put some vinegar in a saucepen, oh, maybe a half cup (cepending on how many beets you have) then about half that amount of water, a half cup of sugar (or more to taste) a half dozen cloves, a half stick of cinnamon, an allspice, and then boil for a few minutes before adding the sliced beets and boiling another three or four minutes. Spoon the beets into a clean jar, then pour in the liquid and spices, tighten down the cap on the jar, allow to cool, then sroe in the fridge until ready to eat. Goodluck!

      1. OK, thanks. Slime = bad. Check. (lol) For reasons too vague to articulate, I actually thought the baggie would work better, but I'll go with a rigid container next time.

        1. Beets, being a root vegetable, tend to absorb that "refrigerator" taste/smell even before they get slimey (and they get slimey kinda fast 'cause of the sugar content). I'd chuck 'em and chalk it up to experience.

          That being said, Caroline1's idea of making pickled ("Harvard") beets is a superb answer to avoiding waste in your particular situation.

          1. Trying to preserve things that have or may have started to spoil is a VERY bad idea!