Many recipes will call for "1 cup of chopped beets" or "1 cup of sliced beets" or even "1 cup of grated beets" but it is not always obvious to determine actually how many beets are in a cup. In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many beets you need to buy.
To answer How many beets in a cup we went to the grocery store to check out the produce section. After surveying the vegetable selection we discovered that 1 pound of beets is equal to 5 small or 3 to 4 medium beets which are the number of beets in a typical bunch. We decided to use a medium beet for our test measurements.
We found that it took 1 and 1/3 medium beets to obtain 1 cup of sliced beets. When grated, we needed 1 and 1/4 beets to reach the 1 cup mark. However, when measuring for 1 cup of chopped, 2 whole beets did the trick.
Did you know that one of the earliest known benefits of the red beet is its use as an aphrodisiac during the Roman times. Since the 16th century, beet juice has been used as a natural red dye.
Next time your recipe calls for a cup of grated, sliced or chopped beets you'll know how much to purchase at the store. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many beets in a..." measurements you need.
Starting with fresh vegetables will prolong the shelf life. Choose small to medium beets with a deep, rich purple-red color, they are usually sweeter and more tender.
To store fresh beets, trim off the leaves, leaving an inch or two of stalk above the bulb. Do not trim the long bottom root. Reserve green tops and store them separately if intended for cooking. Store unwashed beets in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or loose in the crisper section for 2 to 3 weeks.
Place washed and dried beet greens in a perforated plastic bag and store in the crisper section of the refrigerator 1 week.
Layer the beets in sand in a cool, moist cellar with a temperature below 45°F (7.2°C); higher temperatures cause beets to lose moisture and shrivel up.
Canning is a good way to preserve beet roots.
Beets are frequently pickled.
Frozen beets lose texture.
Beets come in many shapes and sizes, and in colors ranging from red to white to golden or striped. Some varieties are grown for their greens rather than their roots.
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