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Jun 29, 2012 08:52 AM

Cooked, packaged beets

Fairway sells Rocal cooked beets with an OK, which is great because you can make a lovely summer salad without heating up the kitchen by, you know, actually cooking.

But why is the hechscher in the form of a sticker on the package? And, an OK - P "Special production Kosher for Passover."

Are the beets kosher year-round, or just with the Pesach sticker?

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  1. It's a French company so I don't know that they have regular supervision, it may be a one-off thing.

    1. I've started seeing beets like this in other stores as well (like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's) often with a hechsher...

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      1. re: ATH44

        What's the best summer salad to make with them?

        1. re: AdinaA

          Not a salad, but I've started a couple of Shabbos lunches lately with a small portion of cold pareve borscht. It cools people down and perks up appetites on hot days. You can experiment with crunchy toppings like sliced scallions or lightly toasted pumpkin seeds.

          1. re: AdinaA

            I tend towards variations on Moroccan beet salad - marinate with citrus juice (usually lemon), olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin or cumin seeds, then toss with a handful of chopped herb (my favorite is mint, parsley is also good) shortly before serving.

            1. re: AdinaA

              Sliced with goat cheese and very thinly-sliced red onions.

              1. re: AdinaA

                For a main dish salad, they're good combined with lentils. Add thinly sliced celery and chopped, toasted walnuts for crunch, thinly sliced scallions or minced red onion, dress with olive oil and red wine vinegar or lemon juice, and some fresh herbs (many work well: mint, parsley, cilantro, chives, oregano, etc.). If it's a dairy meal, feta or fresh goat cheese is a nice addition.

                1. re: AdinaA

                  Cubed beets, candied walnuts or pecans, and cubed feta cheese. I like to combine that mixture and serve it over arugula with some lime juice

                2. re: ATH44

                  Which Trader Joe's beets has a hechsher? I did not see any on the package in the refrigerated section yesterday.

                  1. re: latke

                    I believe it was the Union Square store. But I may be mistaken.

                    1. re: latke

                      They're all essentially sourced from Rocal, which, as stated above probably doesn't have full-time supervision but will have supervised batches from time to time.

                      1. re: ferret

                        OK, but which beets product is it exactly at Trader Joe's (not the store)?