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Beet Hummus
Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:
1/2 pound beets (about 4 medium sized beets), scrubbed clean, cooked (roasted, steamed, or boiled), peeled, and cubed*
2 tablespoon tahini sesame seed paste
5 tablespoon lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon lemon zest (zest from approx. 2 lemons)
Generous pinch of sea salt or Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings and ingredients as desired. Chill and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage. Eat with pita chips, or with sliced cucumber or celery, or on a crostini with goat cheese and shaved mint. Wonderful on sandwiches too!

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10 comments

1 lisa { 09.28.14 at 9:04 am }

i cook my beets,peel them and add equal amounts of vinegar and sugar,put them in bottles and seal them…wicked good!!!

2 connie perkins { 09.28.14 at 8:49 am }

I love beets. Love pickled beets but I love harvard beets the best.

3 Bonnie { 09.28.14 at 8:34 am }

Kenneth, I’m not sure why you added any sugar to canned beets, unless you were making pickled beets? In that case, I think stevia or Splenda would likely work. The high vinegar content should make it safe to water bath can. If you are not pickling the beets, please be sure to pressure can them as they are low acid. Always pressure can vegetables, except for pickled veggies or tomatoes–and be sure to add vinegar, lemon or lime juice to tomatoes. I use a teaspoon of vinegar per pint, a tablespoon per quart for tomatoes. Then if I add other veggies, like peppers and onions, I’m back to pressure canning tomatoes.

4 Kenneth Kaufman { 03.18.13 at 4:35 pm }

I canned beets last season with tremendous success, they are wonderful. We are however trying to cut down on our sugar intake to loose some weight. It it possible to use an artifical sweetner like Stevia or Splenda in the canning process? Thanks for any help you can give..

5 Dewey Stevens { 03.01.13 at 2:08 am }

Beets is a wonderful tasting vegetable. Now is the time to plant seeds if you live in the coastal plains region of the state. Beets can be planted in raised beds or in the ground.
I tried raised beds last year which was a great success. If you plant in the ground and have difficulty getting the seeds to germinate try this…..after sowing your seed place a brick or other object sideways across the row then lay a board approximate 5-6 inches wide over the brick. This keeps the soil from sealing like cement over the seed. Beet seed are very sensitive and will not germinate well if planted in stiff-hard soil unless you try this method.
It works….I have used this many times in past years.

6 Carolyn { 02.28.13 at 10:23 pm }

I plant beets in the frount part of my flower bed. As they get big enough to eat I thin them out and set annuals in their place to have color the rest of the summer.

7 Jini { 02.27.13 at 9:53 pm }

If one doesn’t watch closely, beets can reach gigantic sizes – and then what do you do with them? One thing you can do is wash, peel, and grate them into a buttered baking dish. Add extra butter, salt and pepper, and bake in the oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes, or until tender. This is the way my mother used to fix them when I was growing up. We all loved them done this way.

8 Marilyn Jones { 02.27.13 at 2:21 pm }

I love fresh beets! Remember that it is wise to use gloves when working with beets as they will color everything red, especially after cooking!

9 Jim { 02.27.13 at 9:58 am }

Plant below ground crops just after the full moon to just before new moon phase and not in the heart sign of the zodiac. So, now would be a good time to plant your beets if your soil temp is warm enough depending on your zone.

10 janet messer { 02.27.13 at 9:09 am }

what about the old fashion way, Recipes for canning beets, and also what is the time for planting beets.

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