It’s earthy in flavour, bright pink and purple in colour and a complete marvel of nature. The problem is you buy a bunch of beetroot but only end up using one or two.
Before you know it, the rest have gone soft and you throw them out. So the question is: Can you freeze beetroot?
Beetroot can be frozen for up to 12 months. You can freeze it both raw (but blanched) and fully cooked depending on how you plan to use it in future.
Can You Refreeze Beetroot? No
Does Beetroot Freeze Well? Yes
How to Freeze Beetroot
But now, let’s get to the important stuff, how to go about freezing your beetroot. You have two options when freezing beetroot: You can choose to either freeze it uncooked or cooked.
How to Freeze Uncooked Beetroot
If you want to store beetroot most effectively with the least amount of change, then freezing it uncooked but blanched is the way to go:
1) Prepare Beetroot
Firstly, peel and cut your whole beetroots into slices, cubes or wedges. The technique for freezing is the same regardless of the shape and size you cut your beetroot into. Consider what size you would normally eat your beetroot and go with that.
Once you have prepped your beetroot, place it into boiling water for around 3-5 minutes until the edges have softened. Drain and immediately place into ice-cold water to halt the cooking and cool the beetroot down.
3) Drain and Dry
Drain the beetroot again then allow the beetroot to air dry. You can aid this by patting the excess water with paper towels.
4) Initial Freeze
Lay the beetroot onto a baking tray, ensuring no pieces are touching. Cover the beetroot with foil or cling film and then place it into the freezer for a few hours or overnight until they have started to freeze and are hard.
5) Bag Up
Place the frozen beetroot pieces into a resealable bag and seal the bag up, squeezing as much air out as possible as you seal it up.
6) Freeze Beetroot
Label the bag with the contents and then place the bag of frozen beetroot back into the freezer for the long term – up to 12 months!
By freezing beetroot like this, you can easily grab a handful or two at a time when you need some.
How to Freeze Cooked Beetroot
Freezing cooked beets is perfectly possible, and the method is fairly similar to the one outlined above. Lay the beetroot out on a tray, flash freeze and then store it in an airtight bag or container until you’re ready to use it.
This will work for beetroot that has been cooked in a variety of ways. You can freeze roasted beetroot, boiled beets or steamed beetroot using this method.
However, you will find the texture and flavour degrades far quicker when freezing cooked beetroot. That’s why we recommend freezing it blanched to lock in the flavour but avoid rapid degradation.
If you have the choice to freeze either raw or cooked beets, then always opt for raw. If, however, you’ve already cooked it or the beetroot is in a dish, then don’t fret as you can still safely freeze it.
We would recommend only freezing it for up to 3 months, though.
3 Tips for Freezing Beetroot
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing beetroot to have the best results:
Blanching, as with most vegetables, will help beetroot retain its texture, flavour and nutritional value. It might take an extra 10 minutes to freeze it, but blanching is well worth it.
Protecting beetroot isn’t just about the beetroot but is about the rest of your freezer. Beetroot will stain everything, so make sure you use good-quality freezer bags or containers.
Cook from Frozen
Don’t waste your time defrosting it. You can cook it from frozen, boil it for 5minutes to thaw, drain and then toss into the oven as you normally would to roast it.
How Long Can You Freeze Beetroot?
Thankfully, beetroot can be frozen for a long time. As long as they are stored appropriately, they can be stored for up to a year and still taste as fresh as the day they were picked.
It is always important to label your container before placing it in the freezer so you can keep track of when they need to be used.
You Can Freeze Beetroot for up to a FULL Year
How Do You Defrost Beetroot?
You need to remember that the beetroot is still not cooked – and this is the best way to freeze them.
The good news is that you can cook it directly from the freezer. If you’re using the beetroot in a salad or cold dish, then you’ll want to boil it until tend then allow it to completely cool before dressing and throwing it into a salad.
If, however, you want to roast the beetroot, then boil from frozen for 5 to 10 minutes, then place in a roasting tray with some oil, seasoning and herbs and roast in the oven for around 25 to 30 minutes. We’ve actually covered freezing roasted vegetables in-depth.
Can You Refreeze Beetroot?
Refreezing beetroot is not something we would recommend. Every time you freeze something, more moisture is drawn out to enable it to freeze. When you defrost it, that liquid is lost, and you lose some texture and flavour along with the liquid.
Instead, try to only defrost what you need when you need it.
Does Beetroot Freeze Well?
Beetroot certainly does freeze well. In most cases, you’ll actually struggle to tell the difference between fresh and frozen beetroot.
There are benefits to working with both fresh and frozen beetroot, and the question of whether they are best fresh or frozen can depend entirely on what they are used for.
A root vegetable such as beetroot changes structure depending on whether it is boiled, steamed, blended or pickled. Freezing it will also alter its texture which can make it a little less pleasant in a salad.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing beetroot or beets in general, then these may help:
How Do You Freeze Beetroot for Smoothies?
Although not to everyone’s taste, beetroot is actually popular as part of a smoothie – it’s also packed with plenty of the good stuff. If you want to freeze it for smoothies, we would first recommend dicing it up quite small.
Once diced up, blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes. This will take away a bit of the rawness. You then need to follow our instructions above.
When it comes to using it, grab a handful and throw it straight into the blender with your other ingredients. With the beetroot being ice cold, it will add colour, flavour and coldness to your smoothie, so there’s no need for ice cubes.
Can You Freeze Beetroot Juice?
If you like a quick shot of beetroot juice in your smoothie in the morning, then the best way to freeze beetroot juice would be in an ice cube tray. Then, when you want to add the juice to your smoothie, toss in one of your frozen cubes.
If you prefer to drink a whole glass, then try and find containers that will individually hold around 250ml of liquid. Just pour the juice in and seal.
We would highly recommend wrapping the containers in clingfilm to avoid any unwanted leakages. You don’t want a bright pink freezer!
Can You Freeze Beetroot Soup?
Of course! We’ve written a whole article about freezing soup which you can read here. Essentially, as long as your soup is nice and smooth, then it can be frozen in thick bags or sealable containers once the soup has completely cooled down.
Can You Freeze Beetroot and Chocolate Cake?
Yes, you can. Take your cake (or brownies) and slice it up into portions. Grab a solid container with a lid and line with greaseproof paper. Add cake in one layer, then cover with greaseproof paper. Now add another layer of cake.
Keep repeating until you have got all your cake into a container or two.
Place the container in the freezer. You can now grab a portion as and when you need it. If you need more information, then read our in-depth guide to freezing brownies.
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