Beets are truly an underrated vegetable, and steamed beets are simple yet delicious. Beets are amazing in salads, as chips, steamed, roasted, even raw! Have you tried a raw beet? Not what you’d expect. The next time you are at a farmer’s market look for the vendors that have beets. Chances are they will let you have a taste of a fresh, raw beet and you will have your eyes opened to the sweet, earthy flavor you have been missing out on.
Not only good for eating, beets can be used as a natural dye, too. You can use them to dye clothes or even to color Easter eggs and, as I recently discovered, as a natural stain for wood! I know this because I have a new project in the works and was researching a natural wood stain for it.
I’m very excited to be working on my first DIY backdrop for my food photography! I’m going to make a wood table top that is 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 feet. So far I’ve only gathered the materials, and that was over a week ago, but I’m hoping that soon I will have the time to start putting it together. I can’t wait to see how it turns out and to probably make a ton more! My food styling is about to get a major upgrade.
So, beets. I normally roast beets in the oven and while they are delicious, I wanted something different this time. I served these steamed beets with parsley vinaigrette on the side of the Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Breasts that I posted last week.
Steaming the beets makes them tender without changing their flavor too much. It’s a more straightforward and earthy flavor than you get when roasting them. The beets are naturally sweet so the red wine vinegar in the vinaigrette contrasts beautifully, and the freshness of the parsley just brings it all together.
Cleaning beets is a messy process, so either wear gloves or put plastic sandwich baggies over your hands like I do. And if your hands get dyed a little bit pink, so what? It’s not permanent and really washes right off if you get to it quickly enough.
What’s your favorite way to use beets? I used them as a natural red food coloring in red velvet cupcakes once! Have you ever used them in an unconventional way? Let me know in the comments!