Fuchsia fingers are inevitable, but preparing beets doesn’t have to make your kitchen look like a scene from CSI. This two-step process minimizes the mess.
Step 1: Contain juices by wrapping beets in foil. Wrap 2 to 3 together or large ones alone. Roast at 450° F until tender, 50 to 60 minutes. A paring knife should slide right in.
Step 2: When the beets are cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to rub off the skins. Its lightly abrasive texture will make this messy job easier while keeping your cutting board (almost) stain-free.
Now that you know how to prepare them, try these tasty beet recipes.