This Two-Step Process Makes Peeling Beets a Breeze

Peel your beets without making a mess.

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Fuchsia fingers are inevitable, when it comes to handling beets, 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. Either wrap 2 to 3 small beets together or 1 large one 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 some tasty beet recipes.

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