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Ask a Foodie: How Long Do You Boil Beets?

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Boil red and golden beets the same way.

Q. How long do you boil beets?

— M.J.

A. When I was a child, I remember picking beets in the backyard garden before Mom would boil them until tender. Then we’d salt them and melt butter all over them.

When I started cooking on my own, most of my cookbooks recommended roasting beets instead of boiling them, but there are uses for boiled beets, such as Panamanian-Style Beet Salad.

So, if you want to boil your beets, the easiest way is to clean them, then place them in a saucepan deep enough to let you cover them with water. Add a touch of salt and, if you don’t want the color to run, a splash of vinegar. Put them on the stove and boil until a fork is easily inserted into the flesh of beet. That could be anywhere from 35 minutes to 75 minutes or so, depending on the size of the beets.

When the beets are done, remove them from the stove and run cold water over them. That will make them easier to peel.

This process is the same if you are using red or golden beets.

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