Beetroot, also known as beet is the taproot portion of the beet plant. Beets are very popular around the world for their nutrition and used in many dishes.
Beets have a lot of health benefits and have very less calories. It is said to keep blood pressure in check and help fight inflammation (reference healthline.com).
Beets can be steamed, roasted or even eaten raw by shredding over salads and sandwiches. One of the easiest ways to steam beets is by pressure cooking them in the instant pot.
Are you supposed to peel beets before cooking?
The good thing about cooking whole beets is that there is no need to peel it. Just cut of the ends with a knife, wash it thoroughly and place them in the instant pot for steaming.
Once they are cooked, the peeling task is a breeze, cooked beets are very easy to peel.
How to cook instant pot beets?
Cooking the beets in instant pot is quite simple. But before cooking them, cut off the greens and the tapering ends. Rinse thoroughly with water, and then place it in the instant pot to cook.
How do you steam beets in an instant pot?
Pour a cup of water in the instant pot container and place a trivet. You can also place a steamer basket. Place the beets on the trivet. Lock the lid and turn the release knob in sealing position and select the high pressure mode.
How long do you steam beets for?
Depending on the size of the beets, the cooking time to steam beets will vary. Beets that are about 3 inches in diameter get cooked well in 15 minutes.
For larger beets (more than 3 inches in diameter), the cooking time is longer and takes 20 minutes to be perfectly done.
How do you check if beets are done?
To test if the beets are well done, insert a knife or a butter knife at the center of the beet and insert it till its core. If it goes in smoothly, the beets are done.
How do you fix undercooked beets?
If the knife is not able to get through then the beets need some more cooking. In this case, pressure cook the beets once again in the instant pot for another 5-7 minutes and allow the pressure to release naturally.
How do you get the skin off beets?
It is always easy to peel the beets after cooking. Once the beets have been steamed in the instant pot, the skin becomes soft and very easy to peel off with a knife.
Is it better to peel beets hot or cold?
Beets will be hot once you remove them from the instant pot. You might not be very comfortable to peel hot beets.
It is best to allow the beets to cool down and it is easier to peel when it is cold. It can be cooled easily by placing them in a bowl of cold water.
How to eat cooked beets?
After peeling, the beets are very easy to slice or cut into chunks of desired shape and size. Cooked beets can be sliced and added to salads and sandwiches.
How to use beet greens?
Were you thinking of discarding those beet greens? They can be substituted in ripes for other leafy greens!
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How To Cook Beets In Instant Pot
- 2 lb Beets
- 1 cup Water
- Rinse and clean the beets thoroughly under water and cut them off from both the ends.
- Place the beets on the trivet.
- Lock the lid with release valve in sealing position.
- For beets about 3 inches in diameter, select pressure mode on "high" for 15 minutes
- For beets more than 3 inches in diameter, select pressure mode on "high" for 20 minutes
- Allow pressure to release naturally until silver pin drops
- Open the lid and test the beets if they are done by inserting a knife.
- If the knife slides in easily, the beets are done, else pressure cook for a few more minutes.