Storing winter beetroot
1 Carefully lift your beets by sliding a garden fork underneath them, then check them over for damage. Any with skin wounds or holes are best preserved by pickling, or eaten straightaway. Sound roots are ideal candidates for winter storage.
2 Gently but firmly twist the leaves off your roots (wear gloves to prevent your skin being stained). Try not to leave any little tufts as they can encourage rotting. Wash off any excess soil and leave the roots in the sun to dry for a couple of hours.
3 Fill a sturdy box, such as a plastic storage box, with a 2in
(5cm) layer of damp sand. Do not use soil as this can cause rotting. Lay the roots, not touching, on this and then cover them over with more sand. Keep adding more layers of sand and beetroot until full.