How to Cook Beets without Making a Mess!

This is the easiest way to cook beets without making a mess!

Do you love beets, but hate the mess they make when your cooking them? They’ll stain your hands, your countertops and everything you’re wearing.  It’s that time of year when our gardens and farmers markets are full of the most amazing fresh beets but so many people struggle to find an easy way to cook beets…

I’ve got the perfect solution for you! I’ve mastered how to cook beets without making a mess!

First of all you’ll want to cut the leaves off your beets, leaving about 1 inch of stem. If you cut them off any lower the pink of the beets will bleed out. And don’t throw away those beet greens, they are excellent cooked just like you would kale, collards, spinach, etc.

Then give them a good wash, removing any dirt on the roots and arrange them on a baking sheet (I line mine with aluminum foil to make clean up easy)…. drizzle them with a little healthy fat and season liberally with sea salt.

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Cover your beets with foil and bake them at 350 degrees for 30+ minutes.  You can tell if your beets are done by sticking a knife down into them (through the foil) they should have the same feeling as a cooked potato. Small beets will obviously cook faster than large beets, don’t be worried if your large beets take over an hour to get tender.

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When you beets are done,  remove them from the oven, uncover and allow to cool enough for you to handle them in your bare hands. Take each beet and (carefully) run them under cool water while slipping off the skin, stem & root – they will literally just slide right off! And since you’re peeling them with your hands under running water, they won’t stain your hands pink!

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Now isn’t that so easy? and all your mess is contained in the sink. Nothing is stained pink 🙂 Feel free to enjoy your fresh cooked beets right way with some butter, salt & pepper or use them in your favorite recipe! They can even be frozen to eat later 🙂

Learn How to cook beets, without making a mess!


And just as a reminder – don’t be shocked when you.. well.. go #2 because after you eat beets it’s totally normal for your poo to be pink! However if your pee is pink, it can be an indication of low stomach acid 🙂

What’s your favorite way to eat beets? Feel free to share links to your favorite recipes in the comments below!

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  1. Thanks for the great tips! I actually tried this the other day, but didn’t run them under water, so I was still pink. But my little girl, who loves everything pink, thought it was cool at least 🙂

  2. Well, I’ve never been crazy about beets, but I make them for two reasons. One, because my 7-year-old son loves them. And, two, because I’ve become an expert at making colored icings, sprinkles, marshmallows, cookies, cakes, etc. using vegetable dyes so my son doesn’t miss out on these colorful treats entirely. He doesn’t get them all the time, but when other kids in one of his groups or activities are going to be having these brightly colored things, I try to make a healthier version for him. Nothing beats (no pun intended) beets as a healthy food dye. My son like to eat them boiled with some butter and salt. And recently, after finishing up a jar of my home made pickles, I decided to throw the boiled, slice beets into the jar and see if I could make a super quick pickled beets. It worked! They were awesome! I even like them.
    Having said that, your recipe makes them look delicious Hayley, and I will be trying it!

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