I’ve decided that CSA‘s are like vegetable boot camp.
Except instead of screaming “Drop and give me 20!!” they throw vegetables at you and scream “Figure out what to do with this!!”
ok, OK, I’m figuring, I’M FIGURING!
(everything I know about boot camp I learned from Full Metal Jacket, FYI)
Beets are yet another vegetable I use to just throw in the juicer because I didn’t know what else to do with them. Fortunately, I am now in the know.
FIRST, getting beets with the greens still on is like hitting a Double Word Score. One vegetable, twice the points. You can steam the greens, send them down the chute of your juicer or throw them in salad. If you are a seasoned dark, leafy green eating machine – beet greens as part of a green mix is no salad shocker.
NEXT, know that your beets will keep longer if you cut the greens off and store the root itself in a cool, dark place. If you can’t or don’t want to eat them immediately, you can buy yourself some time if you chop the greens off before you put away the root.
Me? My greens have been slashed, bagged and refrigerated until I figure out what I want to do with them. Now I’m ready to rock some funky beets.
My default beet behavior these days is to peel them, steam them until they are soft enough to stick a fork in and then store them cooked.
All prepped and ready to be used as a fast salad topping.
I’m that girl at the salad bar who always takes too many beets. I see them and think weeeeee! beeeeeets! and load up.
Speaking of weeeeee! beeeeeets! LAST but definitely not LEAST (!!) be warned that beets turn more than just your salad dressing pink. They turn all sorts of fluids pink.
In fact, let’s not mince words here: eat a few too many and you’ll be peeing pink.
I guess we can consider this the final boot camp analogy and joke about being punched in the kidney by a drill sergeant for wearing a beet costume while playing Scrabble instead of doing push ups. Isn’t that funny? NO it’s not FUNNY Private Joker. Wipe that stupid grin off your face and GO SCRUB THOSE PINK LATRINES!