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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:26 pm 
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Beetroot is my favourite vege and at this time of the year I am in my kitchen a few days a week each week doing something with it.Today I cooked,sliced and bottled it for sandwiches.Thursday it will be large cubes for salads. Last Tuesday was beetroot dip and then frozen and last Thursday was Beetroot relish, yum.In between that I have baked it with baked meals.Any more ideas on what to do with it please? I always grow a lot as it is stored in the pantry all year round.We are very close to self sustaining ourselves now.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:43 pm 
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I LOVE beetroot! My favourite way to eat it is really simple: fresh grated with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and some dill. delicious!

For something more substantial I'll add in some goats cheese and cooked french puy lentils. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:36 pm 
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We bake it wrapped in foil then purée and add to a risotto in the last few minutes. Bright pink risotto! Don't add it earlier or the colour fades.

I also slice it thinly, layer it in an ovenproof dish, almost cover with hot cream (infused with garlic and bay leaf) and then bake till done. Sort of like potatoes dauphinois but beetroot.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:11 pm 
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Try cooking them whole till soft through then slice into quarters and put in baking dish. Pour some cream over, sprinkle some salt and pepper, then grate parmesan cheese over the top. Bake in oven till brown on top.

Just realised this looks a lot like Rach's recipe. Oh well, goes to show how good it is :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:02 pm 
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I just love them boiled and eaten next to mashed potato. I had a fabulous beetroot, goat cheese and smoked duck salad at a cafe, truly scrumptious.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:21 pm 
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You can feed the beetroot to the chooks for a few days and freak out the kids with the red yolks!!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:52 am 
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Haha - now I HAVE to try that! I've grown beetroot before, but since we moved here and started our new garden, I didn't bother planting it as I couldn't figure out what to do with it last time. I'll have to give some of these recipes a go :)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:22 am 
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if you have excess to your eating, and canning needs, then making beetroot 'chips' is nice and it goes the distance, just make chips or chunks and dry them out in a solar dryer. good on you.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:48 am 
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Wow,thanks everyone for the ideas they are great and I certainly am going to try them.I love my beetroot to much though to feed it to the chooks,sorry Linz but funny.They get the tops I don't use in salads though.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:35 pm 
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I love them roasted with other veggies in large cubes - pumpkin, potato, carrot, eggplant, zucchini, whole unpeeled garlic.

And roasted and tossed in salad with goat's cheese can NOT be bettered :)


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Oh YUM!!

My wife make salads like that. We grow our own beetroot and I preserve it with my mothers recipe. I love it oven baked...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:46 pm 
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OK I am a beetroot lover from way back. If anyone has a preserving recipe can they put it up here? I was having all sorts of trouble growing it but then read something about adding boron to the soil for betroot and also root vegies. 2 teaspoons of borax in a watering can of water and wet the soil prior to sowing the seeds fixed that little problem. Now it is how to keep it.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:32 pm 
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I go back a bit with preserving I use both the Fowlers kit(my mother and mother in law both made sure I had one of those.I have two), as well as just bottling it in screw top jars with heat.Works a treat.I wash,trim tops not the root or it will bleed and boil my beetroot till soft.Then cut how you want them and place in bottles while still hot.Use rubber gloves as it keeps your hands from staining.
I just use a simple recipe with
2 cups sugar
2 sticks cinnamon (quills)
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 1/2 tsps salt
3 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
Put on a cook top and heat till simmering well pour over beetroot in jars and seal while still hot.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:30 am 
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Mummaroo,

Many thanks, I will try that one out.....anything with cinnamon in it cant be bad!.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:25 pm 
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For something different (very different), have you tried a beetroot chocolate cake or beetroot brownies? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage) did an entire episode on beetroot, and the beetroot brownies was one that he made.


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