How do you prepare beets?

Beets can be served raw or cooked, hot or cold, pickled, roasted, juiced, or pulverized. Shred raw beets for salads. Roasting is the simplest way to prepare cooked beets. Gently wash the beets and wrap them individually, skin on, in aluminum foil as you would a baked potato. Roast them in a 375-degree oven for an hour or so depending on their size (more time if they're bigger, less if they're smaller), until a knife glides easily in and out through the foil wrapping. Take the beetroot out of the foil and rub a paper towel against the skin. If properly roasted, the skin will slide right off. Slice with a knife or mandoline, and serve them simply with a tiny pinch of sea salt. Alternatively, you can pair beets with fruits such as oranges, and the beet will have enough sweetness to complement the orange's acidity. Acidity also preserves the red color, which is why pickling is such a common method of preparation. The intense color of the beet is beautiful, but beet dye will bleed into other food and even stain your hands purple, so wear gloves or handle them with utensils.
Beets can be served raw or cooked, hot or cold, pickled, roasted, juiced, or pulverized. Shred raw beets for salads. Roasting is the simplest way to prepare cooked beets. Gently wash the beets and wrap them individually, skin on, in aluminum foil as you would a baked potato. Roast them in a 375-degree oven for an hour or so depending on their size (more time if they're bigger, less if they're smaller), until a knife glides easily in and out through the foil wrapping. Take the beetroot out of the foil and rub a paper towel against the skin. If properly roasted, the skin will slide right off. Slice with a knife or mandoline, and serve them simply with a tiny pinch of sea salt. Alternatively, you can pair beets with fruits such as oranges, and the beet will have enough sweetness to complement the orange's acidity. Acidity also preserves the red color, which is why pickling is such a common method of preparation. The intense color of the beet is beautiful, but beet dye will bleed into other food and even stain your hands purple, so wear gloves or handle them with utensils.