Kitchen Tip: How to Remove Beet Stains From Hands

This is a post that was born from necessity.

I was roasting a batch of gorgeous beets I bought from the farmer's market, and proceeded to peel them by hand. The peel comes off easily that way, but I forgot to put on gloves and ended up with these gorgeous pink beet-stained hands.


Regular soap won't get the stain out quickly, but there is something that will so I thought I'd share in case you find yourself in the same situation.

All you need is...a potato!

Something about the enzymes and starches in raw potatoes is great for removing food stains from skin (this works with beet, turmeric, berry stains, etc.)

Cut the raw potato in half, dip it in some kosher salt (optional, but helps speed things up thanks to the scrubbing action). Then start scrubbing under running water.

It should only take about a minute or two to get rid of all the stains.

Once you're done. Wash your hands normally with soap to get rid of any remaining potato starch, and moisturize to combat any dryness.

Boom! Done.

No more pink hands.

Now, want to avoid this problem next time? A thin coating of olive oil on your hands will help. Or you can just wear gloves.

And here are a couple of my favorite beet recipes to inspire you:

1. Beet Chocolate Bundt Cake: Sounds crazy...but it's SO good!
2. Beet & Goat Cheese Gnocchi: These are pretty and simple and perfect for Fall!

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