Shorten time to make a recipe - cook beets ahead. Cook beets until they can be pierced to the center with a fork or dull knife. Refrigerate; use within 5 days.
Keep nutrients and color - cook beets with the skin on and some stem and root attached. The skin rubs off easily after cooking. Hold the beet with a paper towel or plastic bag to keep your hands from becoming stained.
Cook whole, unpeeled beets:
Cook peeled and quartered beets:
Roast- in a baking dish for about 45 minutes in a 400 to 425 degree oven.