Storing Beets - Knowledgebase Question

Kokomo, IN
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Question by kokods
October 3, 2000
What is the best way to store freshly harvested this fall for use this winter? We prefer raw ones rather than pickled or canned beets.

Answer from NGA
October 3, 2000
Dig your beets before a hard frost and cut off the leaves, leaving about a half inch of stem attached. Rinse off soil that clings to the roots, and allow them to air dry in a shady place. Beets and other root crops need cool (38F - 40F)temperatures and high humidity to keep fresh in storage. If you have enough room in your fridge, you can place the roots in a plastic bag with a moist paper towel, and store them in the crisper. Check them weekly for softening or mold growth. For long storage of larger quantities, a cool corner of your basement is best. Place roots in a crate of moist peat moss, sawdust, or sand, and maintain moisture and high humidity with a loose plastic cover. Again, check moisture levels weekly. Enjoy!

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