Select young red beets; cut off the tops half an inch from the root. If cut too close, the roots will bleed and the color will be impaired. Wash and clean carefully with the brush to remove all particles of dirt. They may be boiled or steamed. If boiled, use as little water as possible. Young beets will cook in an hour; old beets require three or four hours, according to age and size. When done, put in cold water, rub off the skins, and they are ready for use.

Beet Greens

Wash young, tender beet tops, cleaning thoroughly; drain and boil in salted water till tender; drain, chop fine, season with butter or oil, and serve with lemon juice or cream.

Beet Stalks With Butter Sauce

Take some beet stalks, cut off the leaves, wash thoroughly, tie in bunches, and let steep in cold water two or three hours to make them fresh and crisp. Boil in salted water until tender; cut the band; serve as asparagus on a platter with butter sauce.

Beets And Potatoes

Boil young beets and new potatoes separately until tender; peel and slice in alternate layers in a baking dish; season with salt and moisten with rich milk. Bake until nicely browned.

Baked Beets

Select young, smooth, red beets of uniform size; wash and clean thoroughly; bake in a slow oven from two to six hours; when done, remove the skins and dress with lemon juice or cream sauce.

Boiled Beets

Cut off the tops half an inch from the roots; wash and clean carefully to remove all dirt. Boil in as little water as possible. When done, pour a little cold water over them, rub off the skins, and slice into a granite or earthen dish; pour over them equal parts of lemon juice and water. Let stand one or two hours before serving.

Young Beets

Cream or milk, I cup. Flour, 1 tablespoonful. Butter, 1 tablespoonful. Beets.

Cook the beets till tender in salted water, then cut into dice. Serve with cream sauce, made by thickening the milk or cream with the flour rubbed in the butter. Heat well, and serve at once.

Beet And Potato Hash

Cold, boiled beets, 2 cups.

Cold, boiled potatoes, 2 cups.

Salt.

Butter.

Cream.

Chop beets and potatoes fine and season with salt and butter. Pour over a little cream. Put on the stove in a covered saucepan, and stir occasionally.

When thoroughly heated through, serve.