BEETS!

I. Love. Beets.

I love them! Delicious and nutritious! It’s low in calories and fat, high in vitamins and anti-oxidants; some consider it one of the world’s healthiest food! And it’s low in histamines! YAY! Despite my undying love for beets, I have never been able to cook them well. They’re always hard. No matter how long I boil them, or how long I roast them, they’re always hard! Even if I boil them first and then roast it, it’s still hard! So I resorted to only eating beets when I go out (which is pretty much never now) or when someone else makes them for me. Well, no more!! I will master the art of cooking beets so I can have it more often! Nice thing for me is that I work at a culinary school! So knowledge is at my fingertips! I recruited Chef Curtis and he showed me the ways of making good beets.

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Let the cooking lesson begin! (terrible picture of me, but that’s okay. This is EDUCATION!)

 

Place beets in a pot of COLD water. This was my first mistake! I always boiled the water first and then put the beets in. This is a big no-no! Also, notice that the skin is still on the beets. This helps the beets retain colour and doesn’t make as big of a mess. My second mistake was that I peeled them first and everything in my kitchen turned beet red!

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You are supposed to also salt the water and put vinegar in it. As those are all high histamine items and I can’t have it, we just used plain ol’ H2O

Bring to boil

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Then let it simmer. For how long you ask? UNTIL IT’S DONE!

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First test. The knife barely inserted into the beet. Needs more time.

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Second test. Knife easily went into the beet. Much better!

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Let beets cool and peel. As I am impatient and very hungry when we did this, I ran the beets under cold water. The skin easily comes off in your hands.

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Dressed with olive oil and honey. Two things I can have. You can either eat them like this or you can pop it into the oven for a sweeter flavour.

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Into the oven it goes! For how long you ask? UNTIL IT’S DONE! Hmmm… Sensing a theme here…

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Waiting… Waiting…

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And out comes delicious, delicious beets! Not too hard. Not too soft. Cooked just right.

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