Can raw beets be eaten? I have not seen a recipe in any of my cookbooks using them. —V.T., New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
Beets can be eaten raw, and they add a nice texture and color to salad and slaw recipes. To use uncooked beets, carefully peel the beets with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, then finely shred them. Because beets are very firm when raw, it may be easier to shred them with a food processor. Shredded fresh beets will impart their magenta color to any lightly colored ingredients in your recipe. If this is undesirable, add the shredded beets and toss just before serving.