To peel red beets easily, wash, remove leaves, but do not pierce the skin of the red beet. Place in a kettle of water (covering beets with water). Cook until beets are tender or skins slip off easily, (test with a fork to see if the fork will push off a part of the skin easily-depending on the size of the beets, will vary on the time to cook – 20 – 45 minutes). Leave on the root end and the leafy top. Leaving on the ends and not piercing the skin before cooking, will help the beet from losing it's color (will still lose some, but not as much), and both the root and stemmy top will push off easily when you slide off the peel. Discard the cooking water. Beet juice can be used for making wonderful jelly by adding jell-o. You can not tell it from cherry jelly, however, it will have much more nutrition than regualr jelly.
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