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roasting beets in advance?

DaisyM Sep 7, 2010 10:14 AM

Any thoughts on roasting beets the day before I use them in a salad? I roast them whole with olive oil and salt and then peel them. Does it make sense to not peel them until I am about to use them? Or should I peel them and dress them overnight? Thanks for your help.

  1. Breadcrumbs Sep 7, 2010 10:25 AM

    Make that three of us!! Last year I had so many that I froze some after roasting. I used those for soups and purees and the flavour was terrific.

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    1. re: Breadcrumbs
      DaisyM Sep 7, 2010 10:43 AM

      Thank you! One other question....do you roast them until they are ALMOST done? I'm wondering if they continue to cook while in the skin and should be underdone when pulled from the oven.

      1. re: DaisyM
        cheesecake17 Sep 7, 2010 11:06 AM

        I roast them till they're done. A sharp knife should go thru easily. I usually roast a pan of beets and a pan of garlic at once since it takes about the same time. The beets stay fine in a tupperware or ziplock for a few days.

        I also like to peel and cut up the beets (raw) then roast them... love the crispy carmelized edges. This stays well in the fridge also.

    2. cassoulady Sep 7, 2010 10:16 AM

      I almost always roast them ahead so that they are room temperature when I use them. Roast, then wipe the skin off with paper towel, it should just rub off, then I put in a plastic bag in fridge til ready to use

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      1. re: cassoulady
        jeanmarieok Sep 7, 2010 10:21 AM

        That's exactly what I do, too. Usually I roast them when I get back from the farmer's market, so that they are all ready for me to use. They keep well for a couple of days at least.

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