What To Do With Beetroot

If you have a glut of beetroot and don’t know what to do with it then here are a few suggestions:

  1. Boiled beetroot.
  2. Roast beetroot.
  3. Pickled Beetroot.
  4. Jellied Beetroot.
  5. Grated raw beetroot in a salad.
  6. Make beetroot hummus.
  7. Beetroot soup.
  8. Caramelised beetroot.
  9. Beetroot juice.
  10. Beetroot chutney.
  11. Thinly sliced beetroot fried to make beetroot crisps.

Let me know how you use your beetroot.

If you fancy growing beetroot then click on this link for how to grow beetroot instructions card.

Caramelised Beetroot

Made caramelised beetroot to accompany beef burgers, mash, carrots and sugar snap peas and it was delicious, so thought I would share the recipe.

Caramelised Beetroot

Caramelised Beetroot


1 large beetroot

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 tablesppoon of balsamic vinegar

Olive oil


  1. Peel and cut up the beetroot into about 8 pieces.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Place beetroot in boiling water for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove beetroot from water and chop up into thin strips.
  5. Heat olive oil in frying pan.
  6. Add beetroot strips and fry.
  7. Then add sugar and balsamic vinegar and fry for 10 minutes.

I poured the carmelised beetroot over the burgers and mash and it was delicious. The balsamic vinegar created a sweet sauce.

Pickled Beetroot

I enjoy growing beetroot and have had some success with it over the last few years and even the floods in June have not deterred the beet from growing. One way of preserving the beetroot season is by pickling the beetroot and this is quite simple to do.

Pickling Beetroot

Homegrown Beetroot

Homegrown Beetroot

Ingredients For Pickling Beetroot

  • Beetroot
  • Vinegar (malt vinegar, wine vinegar or pickling vinegar depending on your preference)
  • Sugar
  • Glass Jar

Method For Pickling Beetroot

  1. Lift beetroot out of ground and cut off the root and the leaves without cutting into the flesh if possible.
  2. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to a pan of water (the vinegar helps to stop the beetroot bleeding).
  3. Place beetroot in water and bring to boil.
  4. Let beetroot cook in pan of simmering water for 30-45 minutes.
  5. If the skin will easily move away from the beetroot then the beet is cooked.
  6. Peel off the beetroot skin and cut the beetroot into slices.
  7. Place vinegar in pan with six tablespoons of sugar.
  8. Heat vinegar until the sugar is dissolved.
  9. Remove lid of jar and place jar in oven until the glass is hot (up to 5 minutes – this sterilises the jar).
  10. Place the beetroot slices into the jar.
  11. Pour over the vinegar and add lid.
  12. Label the jar with pickled beetroot and date.
  13. Serve with salads.


My husband says there is no comparison between homegrown pickled beetroot and shop bought beetroot. It’s worth the effort of growing this veg to get top quality pickled beetroot.

Prize Winning Pickled Beetroot

Prize Winning Pickled Beetroot

I entered my pickled beetroot into the village produce show in August and it won first prize so go ahead pickle some beetroot today!

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Instructions For Growing Beetroot

I love growing beetroot and this year I just went to the TopVeg website to remind myself of the seed sowing details that they are so good at providing.

Farming Friends & TopVeg have now collaborated to create a How To Grow Beetroot growing card.


How To Grow Beetroot Instructions

How To Grow Beetroot Instructions

Click on the image to enlarge and if you wish to print off this growing card, right click on the enlarged image and then click print picture to print out a copy. If you would like this document as a pdf, just contact farmingfriends and I will email you the document.

I intend to print off copies and then laminate the sheet so that I can use the growing card with my school gardening club in the future.

Teachers, children, vegetable growers and anyone interested in growing Summer radish are welcome to print off this growing card for their own use.

Other growing cards we have already created;

If you have any other growing cards that you would like Farming Friends & TopVeg to create then please leave a comment and we will be happy to create it for you.