Try this two-step process to peel beets without making a mess.
Illo: peeling beets
Credit: The Ellaphant in the Room

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.