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Dec 20, 2013 01:24 PM

OK to peel beets before roasting?

I usually peel my beets with a vegetable peeler, then slice or cube them before roasting. Today I roasted whole beets and then slipped the skin off of them while they were still warm and dyed all of my cuticles red/stained under my fingernails. It was a mess. Is there a reason other than how nice they look when they've been peeled post-roasting?

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  1. The beets will bleed a lot more while roasting if they're peeled first. As far as I know, preventing bleeding is the main reason for not peeling - besides keeping in the beet juices, there's a lot of flavor in those juices.

    1. I find them easier to peel post-roasting...the skins tends to slip off more easily. I know some people who wear gloves to peel them. Some peel them under running water. Others (like me) rub a thin layer of olive oil onto my hands and really don't pick up much color.

      Sorry about your cuticles and nails :-(

      1. More nutrients are maintained.
        Peel by rubbing in paper towel, less bleeding

        7 Replies
        1. re: magiesmom

          I do this but don't have nice manicured nails to worry about. Latex gloves are used it I don't want red hands

          1. re: scubadoo97

            Oh, I haven't had nice manicured hands since my wedding day (and literally only that day), but I look like I've been digging through the body cavity of an elk.

            1. re: LaureltQ

              I wear gloves to protect my nails.
              Fresh lemons do wonders to clean nails

              1. re: cheesecake17

                I keep a box of surgical gloves in the kitchen, and wear them for everything possible. Certainly for working with beets, which really stain the cuticles.

                1. re: AdinaA

                  And the clothing! I have had to discard some.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      I recently had to move the surgical cloves to a high cabinet. My daughter saw me with them so often, she snatched them all and started using them in her play kitchen

            2. I love roasted beets... any kinda beets for that matter. Never even thought of peeling FIRST, but makes total sense to me, not that I think about it. If you coast skin-ON beets with nice olive oil and liberally season... you're pretty much tossing all that goodness when you remove the peels once cooked!?!

              1. I have roasted them and boiled them for pickling a few times, always peeled them first. Beet juice is strong stuff, I have turned clothing into rags with it. Not on purpose.