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#1 Old 08-30-2005, 08:21 PM
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Among all the beautiful veggies in my weekly delivery was one lonely beet.



On the newsletter that came with it they suggested grating beets and carrots on to a salad. Sounds tasty, but can I do that with a raw beet or should I steam or boil it first?



Please help me and my, count'em, one beet.
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#2 Old 08-30-2005, 11:31 PM
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You can eat them raw. I just had a half one on my salad yesterday and the other half today. I didn't even peel it. Just scrubbed it well and went to town!



Beets and carrots is a lovely combination, IMO. I just discovered it and I'm hooked.



Beets do tend weep juice everywhere and that juice *does* tend to stain, so be careful with not only grating your beet, but also what you wear while you're grating that beet (I think I ruined a shirt last night... ).



If you got the tops, too, lightly wilt that with a bit of garlic or chop it up and add it to your salad.
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#3 Old 08-31-2005, 07:31 AM
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Yes, definitely.



I've seen lots of raw recipes that use shredded beets. You can also eat parsnips, rutabaga, and turnips raw, too. I actually enjoy those vegetables raw much more than I do cooked.
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#4 Old 09-01-2005, 10:19 AM
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yes. like carrots, they're way better raw than cooked.
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#5 Old 09-01-2005, 12:09 PM
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Yes, definitely.



I've seen lots of raw recipes that use shredded beets. You can also eat parsnips, rutabaga, and turnips raw, too. I actually enjoy those vegetables raw much more than I do cooked.



I didn't even know turnips or rutebagas were EVER cooked until a year or two ago...



One additional point to be aware of - The level of nitrites in raw beets is fairly high, and *can* trigger migraines in sensitive people.
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#6 Old 09-01-2005, 05:41 PM
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Beets are really yummy on salads and so pretty too!
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