I love cooked beets, don’t you? They are great by themselves or mixed with other vegetables. I love them on sandwiches and with pasta. They add a sweet flavor that compliments many side dishes.
What I don’t like about beets is the amount of time it takes to cook them. Depending on the size it can take an hour or more to boil them on the stove. Hefting a big heavy pot of water is difficult for arthritic hands. I don’t attempts beets very often for that reason.
Evidently, someone else thought they were a pain in the butt to cook, too. My sister found these steamed and peeled baby beets at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago. The box was about $2.
The baby beets are vacuum sealed in a plastic pouch. Looks like something marketed to vampires if you ask me.
This is a product of France distributed by Trader Joe’s. According to the product information on the box, the only thing in this package is baby beets. There are no artificial colors, flavors, seasonings, or preservatives. It always surprises me when there are no additives. This is a pleasant surprise!
I will warn you that there is plenty of juice in the pouch. Be careful where and how you open it. I wasn’t paying attention and I ended up with beet juice all over the counter. After I cleaned up the mess, I dumped the beets in a bowl. As you can see they is a lot of liquid in the bowl juicy and sizable. I was expecting smaller for baby beets.
How were the beets? They were juicy, sweet, and tender. The texture was perfect. They could be cut with a knife and fork very easily but they weren’t mushy. These are not the same as canned beets. These look and taste like real beets.
The flavor was as you would expect it. Since there is no seasoning added, they taste just like beets you boiled yourself.
Because of the size, I was able to cut these into chunks. They were in the fridge four days. I pretty much finished them up at that point.
$2 doesn’t seem that expensive. For the convenience, it might be worth the price. The box does not have to be refrigerated, so these could be kept on hand for future meals.
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