Preserve beetroot by freezing
Fresh beetroot can be stored in the refrigerator for two to four weeks. Freezing extends the shelf life.
- To freeze beetroot, you need to cook it first.
- Cut the cooked beets into slices or cubes.
- Freeze the beets in a suitable container, such as a fresh food box.
Preserve beetroot by storing it in the cellar
If you store beetroot in a cool cellar, it will also last longer:
- Line a wooden box with plastic wrap and fill halfway with damp sand.
- Place the beets in the sand and cover them completely with sand.
- Because of this storage at temperatures of around six degrees Celsius, the beetroot lasts for around five months.
Preserve beetroot by pickling
Another way to extend the shelf life is to pickle the beets. For pickling, you need a kilo of fresh beetroot, two apples, three medium-sized onions, half a liter of water, about 350 ml of vinegar with five percent acidity, 80 grams of sugar, ten peppercorns, six cloves, and one or two bay leaves.
- Cook the beets until done and remove the peel. Cut the beets into slices. Because beetroot bleeds while cooking, we recommend wearing plastic gloves.
- Peel the apples and dice them. Cut the onions into rings.
- Layer the beets, apples, and onion rings in jars with the spices.
- Mix half a liter of salted water, vinegar, and sugar and boil for a few minutes.
- Pour the hot liquid into the jars and close them after they have cooled down.