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01-09-2010, 07:08 PM
everytime I have had beets they taste like dirt. I mean this in the most literal way possible. Beets are very nutritional, but canned or fresh, every beet I have had tastes just like the good earth from which it sprang. I don't have this problem with any other root vegetable, just beets. any tips?

01-09-2010, 07:13 PM
Beets are very 'earthy'. If you don't like earthy tastes, then you may never like beets.

One of my favorite includes shredded fresh beets. I don't have the exact recipe but if you shred a beet or 2, an apple, maybe some carrots, then add some grated ginger, red wine vinegar, fresh cracked pepper and sea salt, it is so good! It is a bit less earthy but it will still have somewhat of an earthy taste.

01-09-2010, 07:43 PM
I don't mean to get so *personal, but here's the deal: I hated beets. HATED beets. I remember at age 25, vehemently hating beets. I remember saying I didn't even *trust ppl who liked beets.

I have no idea why I kept trying them, but all I can tell you now, at 50 *mumble*mumble*mumble something, I love beets..cooked and hot, pickled cold..on the salad bar..*love beets...oven roasted with walnuts and goat cheese..omg....grow them in my garden, and I don't waste garden space that could be growin' flowers on veggies not worth my time and effort. I love beets!

Keep trying them..oh,and if you get any great ideas on how to get me to *love broccoli...send them my way...*laffin' ..for the record, chickies, I *do choke it down..a wonder food, after all..and I grow broccoli sprouts..a much bedda option

01-09-2010, 08:23 PM
I always hated beets and thought they tasted like dirt too. Then in my mid-twenties I was helping my mom with a garage sale and we each ordered Greek Salads from Little Caesars for lunch (beet slices, onion, and feta cheese topped the salad). While we were eating, my Mom reaches over and stabs one of the beet slices on my salad, and I protested the salad tresspassing, and she said

"You don't like beets."

"They're still my beets, and you should let me decide whether or not I want them before taking them off my plate" I said (and then felt I had to eat them, or at least one to save face).

And I decided that beets still tasted like dirt, but in a good way. On the salad, they were really good. And I've liked them ever since (except if they're pickled with too much spice).

One of the least "beety" tasting ways I use beets, is in a beef-vegetable soup. I just add a can of diced beets (or canned whole beets and chop myself), including the canning liquid to my favorite beef vegetable soup - beef, cabbage, celery, onion, diced tomato, and potato (and any other veggie I feel like adding, such as green beans, turnips, parsnips, kohlrabi).

Mmmm, yummy (the beets lose their color in the soup, which is kind of funny. The soup turns dark red/brown, but the beets become a bleached swirly pink/magenta).

01-09-2010, 09:02 PM
And I decided that beets still tasted like dirt, but in a good way.Now that's that way I've felt since I re-tasted beets on my journey over the last four years. They're wonderful. Just gotta adjust to the taste of dirt, LOL.

01-09-2010, 09:21 PM
I love beets and I must try the shredded beet salad :hun: I've never had them that way...

01-09-2010, 09:50 PM
It's very, very cold outside, and I just rode a train home, daydreaming about the movie "Dr. Zhivago" & the trains crossing the Russian snowdrifts. And I was thinking that tomorrow, I'm going to make borscht, since I like to make a good soup on Sundays.

Send your unwanted beets my way.

01-09-2010, 10:03 PM
Interesting, the beets I grow taste like sugar, we all love them :D

01-09-2010, 10:29 PM
I would describe the taste of beets as 10 parts sugar to 1 part dirt.

Metal Chick
01-10-2010, 07:13 AM
I loved dirt when I was a kid! I ate it all the time.


I need to try me some beets...

01-10-2010, 07:55 AM
Might sound weird but..Roasted and mixed with oranges or grapefruit in a salad with balsamic good...

01-10-2010, 11:52 AM
My kids LOVE roasted beets. You just peel, cut into wedges, toss them with a tablespoon of olive oil, put on a baking sheet, and bake at about 425 for 20-25 minutes. You can flip halfway through, but I don't.

I did make beet salad with carmelized sweet onion the other day. :D Kids gagged on it because of all the different textures, but DH and I loved it.

01-10-2010, 12:09 PM
I adore beets, too, and it's the dirt taste that makes them magnificent, IMVHO!!! I only like them raw, however. My favorite beet salad: Shred beets, drizzle with a splash of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tiny bit of honey, then salt and pepper to taste. Serve over fresh arugula with a bit of goat cheese crumbled over. It's the ultimate dirt salad -- da BEST!!!!!!

01-10-2010, 12:14 PM
Add me to the camp of "used to hate beets" and now love them. Although some of it is I just have a better source of beets, fresh beets and very small. I like them best roasted with salt, pepper and EVOO and then let grow cold. I then toss them in salad. I eat a serving hot out of the oven, but most I put in the fridge and the longer they sit the better they get. When they are very young and fresh I just scrub them and eat them peel and all.

I also like them shredded over salad.

01-10-2010, 12:37 PM
I LOVE beets and I think they taste just fine. I usually just peel them and dice them into small cubes. They are really good with lemon-y dressing, I usually use the lemon poppy seed salad dressing from President's Choice but I don't have a problem eating raw beets without anything on them. I would also recommend, when doing the shredded salad, to finely grate some horseradish and add it to it. Sprinkle some lemon juice on it and mix.
I often have an apple+carrot salad with horseradish sprinkled with lemon or lime juice. I love to use a tart apple to offset the sweetness of the carrot (Granny Smith or similar).
And, back to the beets - try yellow and red beets together - the colours are so radiant - don't forget we eat with our eyes, too!

01-10-2010, 12:53 PM
omg I hate beets!!! IMHO not only do they taste like dirt,
they taste lik BAD DIRT !!!! :fr:

I wish I liked veggies more, cuz I'm sure I would be doing much better with healthful eating. The only veggies I like are salad greens: arugula, romaine, baby spinach. oh well, at least they are green !:)

01-10-2010, 08:07 PM
Might sound weird but..Roasted and mixed with oranges or grapefruit in a salad with balsamic good...

I actually think I'm going to try it. I

also in a response to the first or second post about how old am i, it doesn't mean i'm not forcing myself to eat them nor to try new things. Its just that I have more fun walking a trail versus eating it. I just want some suggestions to see if there is a way for me to get rid of the dirt taste. and as for eating broccoli, try shredding the stalk and putting it in a salad.

01-11-2010, 04:02 PM
I was never a big fan of dirt... I mean beets, but then a friend who is a fitness instructor raved about how much she loved beets. I ordered the same salad (with beets) she did and it was the most delicious salad I have ever had; my whole perspective on beets changed since. I love beets. I always keep some in the fridge.

Any tips for broccoli?

01-11-2010, 04:46 PM
YUK, never have liked beets and still do not like beets. Taste like dirt. I also do not like chocolate. It also tastes like dirt to me. Love every other type of vegetable tho. Go Figure!

01-11-2010, 04:48 PM
Roasted beets with a bit of goat cheese & walnuts on top of arugula. Mmmmmmmm.

Sorry, they don't taste like dirt to me. They taste so sweet, I've got to watch it when I eat them.

01-11-2010, 07:05 PM
Love beets. I have oranges and grapefruit from BIL's trees. Will try the beet, citrus and balsamic salad.

I guess one man's "earthy" is another man's "dirt". LOL. I think Cumin tastes like dirt.

01-11-2010, 08:39 PM
I also do not like chocolate. It also tastes like dirt to me.

That is the saddest thing I have ever heard :hug:


01-11-2010, 09:40 PM
Since 3 people have asked about broccoli ....have you tried steaming them in a little bit of either orange juice or apple juice? My kids like them that way. I steam in the microwave in ~ 1 inch of liquid. I steam lightly so the broccoli is still crunchy.

Orange juice I usually really pump up the orange flavor with a bit of orange zest afterwards.

I made a light glaze with the apple juice one by taking about 1/2 cup of the apple juice that I had used for steaming and melting in about 1/2 Tablespoon butter and tossing the broccoli in that. (for 4 large servings)

Also if you dont like the texture, try eating the stems. I have a friend who only likes stems and her dh only likes the tops with no stems. Stems take about twice as long to cook unless you cut them very thinly.

01-12-2010, 10:24 AM
Call me weird, but I actually love beets!
I love them roasted or grilled, and especially pickled! Yum, I buy a big jar of pickled beets from Costco and they'll last me almost a month b/c it's a great side when I'm in a pinch for extra veggies!
Last night I made the Beet & Arugula Salad from Tosca Reno's Eat-Clean Diet Recharged and it was awesome! It actually got the bf to eat Brussels sprouts as well and he loved them! Plus it calls for adding goat cheese on top...super yum!! It was amazing!

Jennifer 3FC
01-12-2010, 10:39 AM
Beets, goat cheese and greens are basically Beet Carpaccio. YumEE. It's an easy way to eat even the earthiest of beets. Thinly sliced and paired with the pepper of the arugula and the tang of a smear of goat cheese, balanced with a drop of balsamic. Ahhh. I know what I want for breakfast! :lol:

Here's the best one I ever ate. :hun:

01-12-2010, 10:56 AM
Jennifer, you've got me craving that Beet Carpaccio right now! :)

01-12-2010, 02:07 PM
I have beets in my fridge right now...

When I don't want to be fancy, I just boil off my beets with a generous pour of red wine in the water. Makes them - yummier?

I like beets. Yumyumyum.
Someone needs to come to my house and fix me some fancy beets. :D

01-12-2010, 06:37 PM
Ennay - I'll give it a try. Any chance your cooking method gets rid of broccoli flatulence? :broc: