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Boiled Beetroot

Fruit and Vegetables

Beetroot is rarely served hot, but when it is it is boiled whole in its skin, then peeled and sliced for service (Mrs.B)

Original Receipt in 'The Book of Household Management', 1861, edited by Isabella Beeton (See Mrs.B)

1094. INGREDIENTS, - Beetroot; boiling water.
Mode: When large, young, and juicy, this vegetable makes a very excellent addition to winter salads, and may easily be converted into an economical and quickly-made pickle. (See No. 369.) Beetroot is more frequently served cold than hot: when the latter mode is preferred, melted butter should be sent to table with it. It may also be stewed with button onions, or boiled and served with roasted onions. Wash the beets thoroughly; but do not prick or break the skin before they are cooked, or they would lose their beautiful colour in boiling. Put them into boiling water, and let them boil until tender, keeping them well covered. If to be served hot, remove the peel quickly, cut the beetroot into thick slices, and send to table melted butter. For salads, pickle, &c., let the root cool, then peel, and cut it into slices.
Time: Small beetroot, 1-1/2 to 2 hours; large, 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Average cost: in full season, 2d. each.
Seasonable: May be had at any time.

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