I love beets but not the peeling part! I tried the typical ways several times but decided it was easier to give up eating fresh beets. Recently, I was given several pounds of fresh beets. So I started the internet search yet again for how to peel them the easiest way possible. The grower told me she doesn't peel, just cut the ends, scrub clean, and roast. Simple enough . . . until I started the scrubbing part. No way was I getting all the dirt off but I did want to roast. So, I decided to par boil just enough to get the skin off and then roast. I cut the ends off, cut the beets in half, and started to boil. I kept testing them and decided 10 minutes would do the trick. With apron on (past experience - apron a must!) and gloves, I drained, added cold water and using my hands, started to slide the skins off - - - NOT! So I took a paring knife and started to pull off the skins further confirming that I would leave the fresh beets to others. However, I quickly realized all I had to do was use the paring knife like a vegetable peeler and it came right off - easy-peasy! I couldn't believe it, I was done in no time! And they were still firm enough for roasting. Next time - and there will be a next time - I'm not going to cut them in half. I'm thinking they will remain a little harder for roasting.
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