How to Boil Beets

How much to cook beets and how to speed up the process

So how much to cook beets and how to speed up the process?

You can cook beets in different ways: traditionally, that is, in a saucepan with water, in a slow cooker, in an oven, and even in a microwave. Consider each method in more detail.

Traditional way

It will take at least 2 hours to cook the beets in the usual way, so it’s best to cook it beforehand. How to cook beets in a saucepan?

It is necessary to thoroughly wash the beets and pour them with cold water, the liquid should completely hide the tubers, salt is not required, because its presence will slow down the cooking process and make the beets more solid. To keep the vegetable bright red in color, you can add a lemon juice per 2 liters of water to the saucepan. Willingness of the beets is checked with a fork or a sharp knife; if the vegetable is easily pierced, then it can be removed from the water and cooled.

Fast cooking in a saucepan

To prepare beets in this way will take no more than an hour.To do this, you must preheat the water and place the beets in boiling water, to increase the temperature of the liquid, you must add a couple of tablespoons of sunflower oil to the pan. When the beets boil and boil over a fast fire for about half an hour, the pot needs to be removed and placed under a stream of ice water for another 20 minutes. Such a difference in temperatures quickly brings the vegetable to readiness and also cools it.

How to cook beets in a slow cooker?

 Steam cooking

Cooking beets in this way will take no more than 40 minutes. For steaming the vegetables, rinse the beets thoroughly, put them on a steam grid, pour 1-2 cups of water into the multicooker bowl, then set the steaming mode, close the multicooker lid and go about your business.

Cooking beets in quenching or cooking mode

In this case, it will take from an hour to one and a half, the way is slightly different from the usual, traditional, when the beets are boiled in a saucepan, just do not need to monitor the power of the fire in the hob.

Cooking in the oven

This method takes less than half an hour. Beets need to be washed and not cleaning wrap in foil.Heat the oven to 180 - 200 degrees and place in it a baking sheet with vegetables. This method is ideal for those cases where the beet requires a lot, for example, for the holiday table.

Cooking beets in the microwave

Perhaps the fastest of all the methods presented, in which the beets are cooked in 20 minutes. Vegetable should be washed, put in heat-resistant dishes, at the bottom of which you need to pour a few tablespoons of water and cover with a lid. Putting vegetables in dishes, it is necessary to place larger ones at the edges, smaller to the center. If the microwave oven delivers a power of 1000 watts or more, then the beets will cook in no more than 10 minutes, with low-power units it will take a little more time. Heat-resistant dishes can be replaced with a baking package.

A little trick in cooking salads

In order for the beets to retain their bright color and not dye the rest of the vegetables, it is necessary to cut it into a separate bowl, sprinkle with sunflower oil, mix, and then spread it to the other ingredients.

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How much to cook beets and how to speed up the process

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