Pressure Cooking Beetroot
Beetroot, also called beets, is a root veggie with a lot of necessary vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C as well as iron, magnesium, and potassium. Of all the ways you can cook it, pressure cooking beetroot is a simple, fast, and great way to put this nutritious vegetable on your menu. It can be a great way to get your family to try this veggie if they have never had it before since it maintains its quality and flavor better than regular cooking.
Firstly, you need to choose smaller, younger beetroot, so it is more tender. Then, be sure to rinse and wash them carefully in cold water. Don’t peel them, and don’t cut them up! If you do so, the reddish-purple color will stain your hands, as it bleeds when cut. You should instead keep the beetroot whole and leave a half-inch of the stems, as well as two inches of the roots at the bottom.
The next step is to get your pressure cooker prepared to cook the beetroot. For instance, if your pressure cooker holds six quarts, you can usually cook about four medium beetroots measuring around two or three inches each.
Put your washed beetroot into the pressure cooker steaming basket. Put the steaming basket into the pressure cooker. Then add one and a half cups of water, put the lid on, and lock it into place. Then attach your cooker’s regulator.
Put the temperature on high and let it get up to fifteen pounds of pressure. The machine regulator may rock back and forth, but this is normal. Cook the beetroot for between twelve and fifteen minutes, depending on if you want them firm or soft.
Next, the pressure cooker should be allowed to cool off completely prior to you opening up its lid. You can allow this to happen naturally, or you can carefully rinse the pressure cooker in cool water. Make sure the pressure gauge says “Zero” before opening it up and that the pressure cooker regulator is off. DO NOT open if there is any pressure reading besides zero.
Once you are sure the pressure cooker is cooled and the pressure has dropped to zero, you can open it up to see your delicious and nutritious beetroot. When the beetroot itself is cool to touch, you can take off the skins as well as cut it up and use it as desired in any appropriate recipe. Beetroot can be eaten plain, made into soups, etc. You can find a lot of wonderful recipes for this beautifully colored veggie.
The advantage of pressure cooking beetroot is that this kind of cooker makes things so much easier for the cook in several ways. It’s faster than traditional cooking methods, plus it helps to retain all their nutrition as well as keeps in their flavor since minimum water is added, and they don’t end up all mushy and flavorless. So, if you love beetroot, then get out that pressure cooker and cook some up for lunch today or even for a snack.