Since the time of romans, beetroots have been planted and used. Beetroots enjoy this significance because of their medicinal properties which are beneficial in different treatments. These are related to chard and spinach. Beet, also called root, of the plant provides an access of obtaining folate. It is also an excellent source of getting quality amount of manganese, potassium and fiber. Juicing beets may remove the fiber present in it, however, its nutrition and quality could be enhanced by the addition of its stems and greens. An abundant quantity of iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C is present in beet greens. Approximately 50 milliliters, 2 ounces of juice is extracted by juicing one beetroot along with its stems and leaves.
First thing includes the cleaning of beet root. Place them under cool running water and gently rub the beetroot, its stem and leaves. If it is dirty than usual, scrub the beetroot using a vegetable brush.
Leaving around 0.5 inches from the beet root, cut down the top of beet and remove its stem.
While cutting down the pieces of beet root, size must be kept in mind. They must not be very big. Size must be small enough to fit into the blocks of juicer machine.
Take out your juicer and in its hopper, place the pieces of beet root, stem and leaves.
Turn off your juicer machine. Check the pulp keenly. Make it go through the hopper of juicer for another time if the pulp appears to be potentially wet.
If you do not have a juicer machine, roughly chop a beetroot. Take a blender and adjust its liquefy settings. Process beetroots in blender. Take a cheesecloth and making its four layers, place it over a bowl. Now strain the processed beats through the suspended layers of cheesecloth. In this way clear juice will get drained into the bowl. Lastly, squeeze the edges of clothe to extract remaining juice.
In order to get maximum nutrition, serve beet juice while it is still fresh. You can store it in refrigerator for up to three days. After three days, do not use beet juice.
List of things that you will need
- Vegetable brush (not necessary)
- Beetroot with greens
- A sharp knife
- A cutting board
- A juicer
Bonus Tip about Beet juice
- Your stomach can get upset if you drink beet juice in heavy quantity. Therefore, you need to keep a balance and drink selected quantity of juice. You must start with less quantity of beet juice. For instance, in the beginning, you can take 1 ounce of beet juice and can mix it with some other fresh juice. Fresh juices which taste delicious when mixed with beetroot are apple, carrot, lime and ginger. Beetroot with cucumber and pineapple also mix well and taste sumptuous. Moreover, beetroot with celery, garlic and carrot also make an ideal combination.
- Beetroot, when cut, leaves red spots on fingers, hand and cutting board. These red stains can be removed by applying lemon juice on the reddish area.
- High level of oxalate are present in the beet greens. Same ingredient is also found in root. However, in beetroot, the quantity of oxalate is comparatively quite less. You should consume beetroots in a specific order and quantity if you have kidney stones. Over consumption of beetroots must also be prevented if doctor has recommended you a low oxalate diet.
- “Beeturia” may be experienced by some people after drinking beet juice. Beeturia is a condition in which the stool or urine becomes temporarily pink or red. This is a harmless state as it only happens because of the color of beet juice.