How to Cut Beets

Beets are not as common or popular as some other vegetables, such as broccoli and carrots, but they are sweet and nutritious and make a wonderful addition to meals. The tops of beets are a good source of vitamin A, while the red roots are a good source of vitamin C. They are also high in fiber, B vitamins and calcium. In the United States, beet roots are usually eaten cooked whole and then sliced up as a side dish or as an addition to salads.

A woman slices a beet root on a cutting board.
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Step 1

Remove the green tops from the beet roots when harvesting. Leave about 1 inch of stem to help preserve the flavor and color of the root.

Step 2

Wash the beets thoroughly before cutting, but be careful not to break the skin. Breaking the skin allows some of the nutritional value to escape.

Step 3

Cook the beets, if desired, and then quickly cool them in ice water. This makes it easier to remove the skin and cut the beets into small pieces.

Step 4

Rub the beet skin away with a paper towel or soft sponge, and then trim off any undesirable sections of the root with a knife.

Step 5

Cut the beet into large or small slices or cubes, depending on your preference.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel

  • Glass plate

  • Knife

Tip

Grated raw beets work well as a garnish on salads.

Warning

Do not cut beets on a cutting board or counter top. Slice beets on a glass plate or work surface, and clean up any spilled juice immediately.

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