Thursday, July 12, 2012

'Tis the Season for Canning - Beets

Beets are not my thing. Nor my husbands and probably not my daughters. However, in the interest of someone out there who may actually in fact be off their rocker like beets, they must be discussed.

After researching beet facts, I must say they are certainly an interesting character. Did you know that beet juice can be used as a hair dye? That in Australia, they put them on hamburgers. Or that mixed into some concoction will get rid of dandruff? Kinda crazy.

Beets are low in calories and are full of fiber. They are known to be full of antioxidants which aid in fighting cancer. Drinking beet juice will help lower blood pressure. They are full of phosphorus, potassium, iron, iodine, copper, protein, fat, carbohydrates, niacin, and vitamins B2, B1, B6 and P.


Beets come in different colors such as yellow, red, white and even striped. They are available all year round but are best in late summer and fall.

Picking out Beets

Look for firm, round beets with smooth skin and no bruising. The leaves should be bright, dark green and fresh looking. Beets should also have 1 to 2 inches of the root attached.


1 pound of trimmed beets = 2 cups, chopped
Beet greens (good size) = 4 cups, chopped

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