OK to peel beets before roasting?
- LaureltQ Dec 20, 2013 01:24 PM
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?
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.
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 :-(
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!?!
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.