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What happened to my beets ????

Postby Christina Georgina » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:30 pm

I have oven roasted beets on many occasions, wrapping washed, unpeeled beets in foil and have never had a problem. This weekend, following Patrick O'Connell's recipe for a beet carpaccio I tossed beets with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sprigs of thyme and rosemary and put them in the oven in a foil covered roasting dish. After the suggested time of 40 min I checked them, took the easily pierced ones out and put the remainder back in. I did this several times as they were quite varied in size. Rather than getting softer with time the larger beets got hard and the ones I thought perfectly cooked also became hard and IMPOSSIBLE to peel. What could have happened ??
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Re: What happened to my beets ????

Postby Jenise » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:03 pm

Mamma mia is right. I've never heard of such a thing, Christina! What did you do with them? I might have tossed them into some boiling water--not that you should have to but at that point you had nothing to lose.
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Re: What happened to my beets ????

Postby Christina Georgina » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:18 am

They are in the fridge. I'm afraid to look at them again.....they might be rocks by now. I am still going for a carpaccio though. I'll probably be able to mandoline them quite thin.
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Re: What happened to my beets ????

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:42 am

That's really weird. We roast a lot of beets (usually wrapped individually in foil) and have never had that happen.

I wonder how they'll be when you go to use them?

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Re: What happened to my beets ????

Postby Christina Georgina » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:26 pm

It gets worse !!!. They are hard as rocks. Sliceable but crunchy, like raw and the orange ones have a brown center......I can only think that the vegetable itself was a problem ??
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Re: What happened to my beets ????

Postby Jenise » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:28 am

Brown center! I am reminded of when my chiogga beets turned black after cooking, in spots, but they didn't turn hard. This is really mystifying!
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Re: What happened to my beets ????

Postby GeoCWeyer » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:18 am

Could it be that they were too dry? Perhaps what little juice steamed out of them and instead of softening they became rocks.
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Re: What happened to my beets ????

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:55 am

I'd also guess that there was something wrong with the beets themselves, but that's just a guess.

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