Thursday, July 7, 2011

learning how to cook beets.

remember how i made a short film when i learned how to prepare [non-canned] beans? well, i did it again--except this time with beets.....and with photos instead of a film. beets have always seemed so mysterious to me, but after doing a little research i realized that they are actually super simple to prepare. everyone's directions all seemed to have slight differences though, so i figured beets were just a flexible vegetable [sorry for the rhyme] and i ended up creating my own little beet-making process that i'm pretty proud of. they turned out perfectly and all i have to do next is somehow convince my husband that he likes beets too. that one might take a while....

i think if i could photograph only one thing for the rest of my life, it might have to be beets. i got a little carried away with my camera today, but once i got over my initial admiration of "the beet" i finally got down to business and actually cooked it. :) i took loooooots of photos, but hopefully arranged them in such a way that they are easy to follow. and if you've never made beets and are dying to learn how.....today's your lucky day! the steps are outlined below. meet the beet.....
if you know of any good recipes that use beets or have another good beet-making process, let me know because i'm kind of obsessed with this vegetable!

33 comments:

  1. I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever eaten a beet but now I'm tempted. These photos are gorgeous!!

    Kayla

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  2. this is a fabulous tutorial. I experimented with beets for the kinfolk video and failed miserably. :)

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  3. beauuuuuutiful! beets are so beautiful. i might have to try this because i haven't had much success with beets in the past...

    thanks!

    :)

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  4. This is such a good post. I have never really cooked with beets much or eaten them, so this is great for me!

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  5. This is possibly the best vegetable tutorial ever. I love the detail! I have never eaten a beet, I don't even know what they taste like. I'm totally open to trying them though, and I just might now! I'll probably be thinking about Dwight from The Office while I do though, haha :)

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  6. haha lauryn, my husband reminded me of the schrute beet farm last night. i totally forgot about it, but now i'm thinking that having a beet farm might not be such a bad idea! :)

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  7. This made me hungry. Beet greens is one of my favorite things, by the way. mmm...

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  8. When my mom was in town last month she went grocery shopping with me and we ended up getting beets. I'd never prepared one, but that Matt loves them, so we got them. We just steamed ours with some vinegar then added salt and pepper, and we actually steamed the tops too. I'm not a huge beet fan, but they tasted pretty good and I also couldn't get over how pretty they were!

    Wow. That's a really long comment about beets:) Your pictures are gorgeous, by the way.

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  9. Hey Whitney, I'm loving your blog. I was just thinking the other day about venturing into making my own beets, my family LOVES them. They're one of the most flavor-packed veggies. I'll have to follow your tutorial!

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  10. I don't know if I've ever had a beet, but this tutorial is gorgeous - simple and to the point. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and for sharing. :)

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  11. abby, i totally want to try making them that way too. i actually realized halfway thru that maybe i should have left the tops on, but mine still turned out ok, thank goodness :)

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  12. love your beet photos. good luck with getting your husband to eat them because i cant get mine to :) i roasted some up the other day with other root veggies. but i didnt even think to eat the greens! i love pickled beets on salads with feta and even atop a burger.

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  13. Brooke--they call them one of the "bitter" greens and I put them in a salad yesterday with kale and avocado. It was delicious, you should definitely try it! :)

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  14. ohhhh i love beets too! this is so pretty.

    my favorite way to eat beets has to be roasted... and the roasted root vegetable salad i show here is the YUMMIEST. (there's a link to the full recipe at the bottom.) really, you must try it.

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  15. the pictures in this post were so fun to look at, good job :) :) i have never cooked a beat

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  16. ohh very fun & gorgeous pics! great tutorial.... now i feel less nervous to attempt cooking them, thx!

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  17. This is a really fun series. Who knew beets could be so pretty!

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  18. a beetroot never looked so pretty!

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  19. Great pictures!!! You definitely make beets look glamorous! I've actually never tried them...I might have to though with how good these pictures are!

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  20. I feel like you are way too cool to be my friend.

    P.S. Heard you saw Ariel. I am incredibly jealous.

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  21. whitney...what the heck you are like an amazing photographer and graphic designer and blogger, i am so inspired by your posts, seriously! i love this whole post. and, i also love beets! my fav is sliced beets with mixed greens, goat cheese, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette, YUM.

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  22. wowww! bravo! this is so beautifully done!
    j.

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  23. thanks for stopping by my blog! i love to eat sleep and cuddle too :) beautiful photos

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  24. yumm. I love beets too, and i love these photos

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  25. beets!

    how do you make beets look so gorgeous? this is pretty and informative.

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  26. I could eat beets everyday! These photos are just lovely-beets are so pretty.

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  27. LOVE this post. Too creative! Just stumbled upon your blog by way of the flowerchild dwelling, can't wait to start following!

    http://longenecker-storyshort.blogspot.com/

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  28. I'm also obsessed with beets, and good thing because my CSA has them every week!

    i posted a recipe for a beet hummus a few weeks back and it is so. seriously. delicious. all you need is a food processor and go!

    http://isabelleanddavid.blogspot.com/2011/07/beet-hummus.html

    (we also got carried away with taking photos of beets - they're just sooo pretty)

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  29. beetroot juice is nice, try it with orange carrots and enough ginger for a kick!

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  30. Make a Borscht or simply roast it with pumpkin and onions and toss in a salad - Beets rock!

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  31. My Husband and I juice beets with red grapefruits and carrots, it is a delicious morning beverage. I just returned from the farmers market with some beets, I will try this version as well, looks delicious!

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  32. I just love these photos. :) I would love to frame a few of them in my kitchen. I considered getting some beets and taking some photos of my own (and I still might end up doing just that) but I thought I would ask you how much you would charge for a few of them? That I could get printed to frame in my kitchen.

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  33. this photo cooking tutorial is super useful and to the point. Here in Croatia, beets is often used in our daily lives and cousines, but mostly served pickled (i think that is the term for beets in a jar with some oil and vinegar) and is usable through the whole year as a side dish (salad we would say).... and it really tastes great!

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