How to Freeze Raw Beets
Freezing beets is a great way to preserve them to enjoy in the future. Learn how to freeze raw beets using two different methods. Don’t miss this simple guide on how to freeze beets.
Beets are beautiful, healthy, and delicious! Their vibrant color and earthy flavor make them a gem on the dinner table. They’re also versatile, filling, and super healthy.
Beets are tasty on their own roasted, steamed, or raw. You can use them in soups, juices, stews, salads, sandwiches, and more. I have even been known to add beets to a smoothie.
Beets are packed with fiber, folate, iron, and vitamin C and have tons of health benefits. Did you know they can improve exercise performance? They improve blood flow, so your muscles get more oxygen and work better.
Learn more about how beets and beet juice can improve health.
Luckily, you can freeze this versatile veggie with two simple methods so you’ll never run out. I’ll share the details so you can figure out the best way for you.
Why You Need This Recipe
- Learn how to freeze beets to ensure you have them available year-round. Add frozen beets to smoothies, soups, or other meals. Or, try making dehydrated beets.
- Freezing beets in bulk means you’ll also have the green parts to use. Steam or sauté these tasty greens like spinach or use them as a healthy salad ingredient.
- You can use frozen beets straight from the freezer for most recipes. There’s no need to defrost them first, so you’ll save time.
What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe
You can freeze blanched raw beets or fully cooked beets. Here’s the basic equipment you’ll need for either method.
1. A Large Pot or Saucepan
Beets are pretty bulky, so you’ll need a large pot or two to boil or blanch them or cook them. If you have a lot of beets, boil them in batches.
2. A Large Bowl
The bowl is to prepare an ice bath for your beets and should be more or less the same size as the pot.
3. A colander or slotted spoon
A colander or slotted spoon makes it easy to drain the beets once you’ve blanched them or cooked them.
4. A Baking Tray
You’ll need a large, flat surface to flash-freeze your beets.
If you don’t have a baking tray, you can use a plastic cutting board or any other flat surface. As long as it fits in your freezer, it will work (some people like to use baking half-sheets just for this purpose).
5. Freezer-Friendly Bags
It’s best to use durable zip-top bags made for home freezing. You can use either plastic or silicone freeze bags. If you don’t have suitable bags, use an airtight container with a lid.
Plastic freezer bags that are made for freezing can help reduce freezer burn and will just increase the shelf life of your frozen beets as long as possible.
6. Disposable Gloves
Beets are a beautiful color, but they can stain your hands once you begin cutting them. Use gloves if you don’t want your hands to turn a pinkish purple when handling the beets.
In a pinch, you could use transparent plastic packets over your hands; just be careful when using the knife since your grip may be less secure.
Ingredients and Substitutes
This recipe has only one ingredient: beets! Here are some guidelines on selecting the best beets for freezing and some tips on preparing this vibrant root vegetable.
Choose bright beets that are not too hard but still fresh with their leafy greens attached. You can use young beets, small beets, or large beets for freezing. You can also freeze any type of color of beet, including red, purple, orange, or striped.
If you’re not going to freeze them in the next day or two, remove the greens but leave a few inches of the stem attached. Leaving the greens on will cause the beets to ripen quicker.
For the best results, it’s a good idea to spend a little time preparing your beets before you freeze them. As you’ll see in the recipe below, it’s always recommended to either blanch your beets or cook them fully before freezing them.
You have two options when it comes to freezing beets. You can either cook them and freeze them fully cooked, or you can blanch raw beets and freeze the blanched beets. Either way, you’ll need to do some prep to freeze your beets.
Freezing Cooked Beets Overview
- Cook your beets and let them cool.
- Peel them and then slice them or cut them in half and lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Be are to cut off the rest of the tops and root end using a sharp knife.
- Freeze until solid, then transfer to zip-top bags for long-term storage.
Freezing Raw Beets Overview
- Slice or cube your raw beets.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the beets to the boiling water and let them cook for a few minutes.
- Transfer the blanched beets to an ice bath, ice water, or cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Pat the blanched beets dry and then lay them on a baking sheet.
- Freeze until solid, then transfer to zip-top bags or your favorite freezer containers for long-term storage. Squeeze as much air out of the bags as possible, or use a vacuum sealer.
Recipe Tips & Substitutions
- You don’t have to defrost frozen beets before you use them. Add them right into your smoothies, soups, or stews.
- You can freeze any type or color of beet. Follow the instructions for either cooking them first or blanching them before freezing.
- You can mix and match your beets for freezing! Golden beets, striped beets, and red beets all have slightly different flavors, but can be cooked and frozen together.
Your beets will keep in the freezer for up to a year.
Yes, you can, and it’s simple to do. Spread the leftover beets on a baking tray, flash freeze for 4 to 4 hours, transfer them to freezer bags, and that’s it!
As with most veggies, blanching will help beets to retain their texture, flavor, and nutritional value. It also helps reduce the chance that any bacteria on the skin of the vegetable can grow in the freezer. It will take a little longer to prepare, but it’s worth the effort when you’re freezing fresh beets.
It depends on how you want to use your frozen beets. If you want to use them in a smoothie or another recipe where they won’t be cooked further, then it’s best to cook the beets through and then freeze them.
If you are going to use them in a recipe like a soup or stew where they will be cooked more, then you can just blanch the beets before freezing.
More Beet Recipes You Might Like
- Instant Pot Beets
- Watermelon Beet Salad
- Beet Carrot Juice
- Sweet Potato Beet Salad
- Strawberry Banana Beet Smoothie
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- 1 pound fresh beets (about 3-4 medium beets)
- To cook your raw beets before freezing: bring a medium saucepan filled with water to boil over medium heat.
- If your beets came with the greens attached, chop the leaves off around half an inch from the top of each beet.
- Scrub the beets thoroughly, ensuring that you rinse off any sand or dirt.
- Carefully add the beets to the boiling water. Boil the beets between 30-35 minutes, or until they are fork tender. You can also make Instant Pot Beets. See the notes below for instructions on how to blanch beets before freezing, as opposed to cooking them through.
- Drain the beets in a colander and transfer them to an ice bath.
- Once cooled, peel the skins off and cut the top and roots off.
- Slice, dice, or shred the beets.
- Spread the beet pieces on a baking tray and freeze for 4 hours.
- Transfer the frozen beets to freezer bags and remove as much air as possible. Place the bags into your freezer for up to several months.
- To blanch your beets before freezing (as opposed to cooking them through): Peel the beets. Cut them into slices or cubes, or shred them for best results. Blanch the beets in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes and then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Drain the beet pieces and dry them by patting excess water off with paper towels and then leaving them to dry for around 10 minutes. Spread the beet pieces on a baking tray and flash freeze for 4 hours.
- You don’t have to defrost beets before you use them.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Freezing Time: 4 hours
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Freezer
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Vegetarian
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 35
- Sugar: 5.5 g
- Sodium: 64 mg
- Fat: 0.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 7.8 g
- Fiber: 2.3 g
- Protein: 1.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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