If you are looking to freeze beet, this comprehensive guide can help you out. These methods and tips have worked wonderfully for me. So, let’s get started.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Beet?
- How to Freeze Beet?
- Freezing Beet after Boiling and Flash Freezing Them
- How to Freeze Beet Greens/Leaves?
- How Long Can You Freeze Beet?
- How to Store Frozen Beets?
- How to Defrost Beet?
- Can You Refreeze Beets?
- Do Beets Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Boiling Water
- Ice Bath
- Ziploc Bags
Wash and Prep: After removing the leaves and the green top, thoroughly wash the beet. Leave the roots uncut to avoid staining.
Boil and Cool: Boil the beet for 15 – 30 minutes or till you can easily cut through it with a fork. Then transfer the beet into an ice bath.
Peel and Cut: When the beet is cool to touch, peel its skin. It should slide right off. Then cut it up into coins or chunks.
Pack and Seal: Transfer the pieces of beet into a Ziploc bag and seal them. Make sure to get rid of all the excess air before sealing. You can use a straw to suck out most of the air.
Label and Seal: Add a label with the best-before date, and you are all set to freeze them.
Here is a tutorial by “Midwest Gardner” on YouTube -
Freezing Beet after Boiling and Flash Freezing Them
With an additional step, you can avoid meticulously portioning the beet. Once you flash freeze them, you can pull out the measure you need from the bag.
Wash and Prep
After cutting off the stalk and leaves, wash the beetroot thoroughly.
Boil, Peel, and Cut
Put the beetroots into boiling water and let it cook for 15 – 20 minutes till you can easily pierce it with a fork. Then transfer it to an ice bath, and when cool to touch, peel and cut it into desired shapes and sizes.
Lay the pieces of beet on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and make sure to space them out evenly. They shouldn’t touch each other.
Leave the tray of beets in the freezer for a couple of hours till it freezes solid.
Pack and Seal
transfer the frozen beets into a Ziploc bag and seal them, making sure to squeeze out all the excess air.
Lable and Freeze
Add a label with the best before date, and you can leave the bag in the freezer till you need it next.
Check out this YouTube video by “Judi in the Kitchen” to see how it is done –
How to Freeze Beet Greens/Leaves?
This is the most recommended way of freezing the greens or leaves of beet for the long term.
Wash and Cut
Thoroughly wash the beet greens and then chop them up roughly into small pieces.
Blanch or steam the leaves with boiling water for about 3 minutes and then take them out. If you blanched the leaves, you can dunk them in an ice bath to stop the cooking.
If you steamed them instead, you can leave them out to cook a little more in the steam and cool down gradually.
After this, you could directly freeze them in Ziploc bags. Or you could take a few additional steps to make them last longer and cooking with them easier.
Measure and Mold
Take a measuring cup with a quantity that you can easily use in your recipes and then press the leaves in. You could also use ice cube trays or muffin trays to mold the leaves into manageable measures.
Put the lumps of beet leaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure that the lumps are not sticking to each other.
Leave the tray of beet greens in the freezer for a couple of hours and let it freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Pack the frozen pucks of beet greens or leaves into a Ziploc bag and seal them. Try to squeeze out all the excess air before you seal them shut.
Label and Freeze
Now, add a label with the best before date, and you are good to go.
If you would like a tutorial, here is a YouTube video by “Plant-Based Gabriel” –
How Long Can You Freeze Beet?
Beets can last in the freezer for a year or so. If you are freezing the beet greens or leaves, they can last for about 6 to 10 months.
Although both beet, and beet greens, can be frozen for long periods, it is best consumed sooner rather than later.
If you wish to freeze the beets for long, it is best to boil or roast them beforehand. The beets can get grainy and have an unappealing texture if it is frozen raw. Also, blanching helps retain the color and flavor of the beet greens for a long.
How to Store Frozen Beets?
You can store beets, as well as beet greens, in Ziploc bags of any freezer-safe air-tight container. The key is to keep them air-tight and protected from freezer burns.
If you are pressed for freezer space, then Ziploc bags are the best of the two options. Since beets can be chunky, you might not be able to pack a lot of them into a container.
But with a Ziploc bag, you can easily freeze a big batch and store them compactly by laying the bags flat on top of each other.
How to Defrost Beet?
The best way to defrost beet is by leaving it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and letting it thaw gradually. If you plan to cook with it you can directly use it without thawing.
Keep in mind that if the beets have been boiled before they can be mushy if cooked for too long. So, it is best to eat them cold or add them into your recipe towards the end.
When defrosting the beet greens, take them out of the bag and leave them in the fridge. This way the condensation doesn’t build up on the leaves inside the bag.
Can You Refreeze Beets?
No, it is recommended not to refreeze beets. Repeated freezing and thawing can change the texture and flavor of the beets. It gets more dehydrated as it loses its water and can be unappealing, even though it may be safe to eat.
To avoid having to refreeze the beets, flash freeze them or divide them beforehand into easy-to-manage portions that you can eat in one go.
Do Beets Freeze Well?
Yes, beets freeze well, and if done right can last in the freezer for a whole year or more. But to keep the beets fresh for long in the freezer it is best to remove their leaves and boil them beforehand.
Freezing the beets with the leaves on them can make them go bad much quicker. And not boiling or cooking the beets can make them grainy and odd in texture and taste over time.
Yes, you can freeze the beet greens without blanching but it is not recommended. The beet greens can lose their color and flavor over time if it has not been blanched.
But if you are pressed for time, you can skip the blanching and flash freeze and freeze them in Ziploc bags.
Yes, you can freeze beet puree, and they can last in the freezer for a couple of months. Once you have made the beet puree, portion them out into freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags.
You could also flash freeze them first in ice cube trays to make the portioning easier.
Yes, you can freeze beet greens for smoothies, soups, or any other recipe of your choice, like you would with spinach. You can add the chunks of frozen beet greens into your smoothie without defrosting them to get the best results.
I hope you found this article helpful in freezing and storing beets. If you have any queries or would like to share some freezing tips of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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