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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

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        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.

                  1. re: ricepad

                    Agreed. Makes a great recipe for Halloween.
                    Show up at door in apron (mine's black, made out of a jean like material.), and with bloody magenta hands.
                    "Have some candy, kids!"

                  2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6100...

                    Old post of Karl S who said peel first and I agree with him.

                    1. I do it either way depending on my mood.

                      1. I find it much easier to peel after roasting.
                        I either use a plastic bag over my hand or use paper towels.
                        I add any seasonings after peeling.
                        Of course buying yellow beets will avoid the situation :)