Bring a covered pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, wash the beets well to remove the sand. When the water reaches a boil, add the beets. Cover the pot and cook the beets at a high boil for about 20-40 minutes, depending on size, until they are just fork-tender.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beets to a colander. Any rem