Best Pickled Beets Recipe for your garden harvest!
Today I have all my water bath canning equipment out ready to can some pickled beets. This week we can start harvesting our beets. We are guilty of sneaking a few smaller ones the last few weeks and boiling them with the greens still attached. Cooked this easy way and just served with butter, salt, and pepper on them, beets are really delicious. I love beets! In fact, I’m a big fan of all root vegetables. For me, it's the idea that they are loaded with minerals and goodness from the earth that makes me love the “earthy” flavor that they all have. Eating them seems like a healthy thing to do. Beets are a very easy plant to grow in your garden. You start them by putting seeds into the soil. It doesn't get much easier then that. After that its just thinning and weeding and of course eating! You can find more information on growing beets at the Farmer's Almanac website.
Pickled Beets are versatile and can be used in many ways!
Beets are an extremely adaptable veggie with a number of ways to cook and serve them. You can roast them, boil them, and even pickle them. Pickled beets are a very versatile side dish. You can eat them right out of the jar, add the pickled beets to salads, or serve them along side a number of main dishes. Serve pickled beets as German cooks do, as an accompaniment to any kind of cold meat. This tasty pickle adds a spark to leftover chicken, turkey, pork or beef. You can make your beets part of a tasty “relish” tray joined with carrot and celery sticks, olives, and a variety of pickles. Drained, chopped pickled beets add a zing to potato and pasta salads of all kinds. Use the beets instead of tomatoes in winter green salads. Combine baby spinach, pickled beets, orange or tangerine sections and a little red onion for an incredibly tasty salad. Pickled beets stand up well to the stronger tastes of gourmet greens like arugula and mesclun mixtures.
And trust me, there is something very satisfying about canning your own beets or any other vegetables you harvest from your garden. They are one of the easier items to can. Because you use vinegar in the process, the acidity allows you to use the boiling water bath method of canning as opposed to having to use the pressure cooker canning method. Water bath canning is less intimidating for a beginner than using a pressure cooker and the start-up cost of equipment (large canning kettle) less expensive.
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You can't beat Pickled Beets...another day of canning!
Canning your garden produce gives you great quality, and also is a money saver. Try this pickled beet recipe. Its one of my favorites and you will be able to enjoy your garden through the winter months!
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 12 mins
- Total Time: 42 mins
- Category: Vegetable Side Dish - Water Bath Canning
- Cuisine: American
- 35 - 40 small beets, unpeeled
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water (reserved from cooking the beets to remove skins)
- 2 cups white vinegar
- whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Wash beets.
- Cut stems to about 2 inches, and leave on the tap root. This will help keep the color when you boil the beets to loosen the skins.
- In a large pot cook the unpeeled beets until fork-tender (do not overcook) cool and then remove the skins. Reserve 2 cups of the beet water. The skins are easily removed. Take the beets one at a time and hold them under running water and gently rub the beet to remove the outer layer of skin. Cut off the tops and tap roots.
- Slice the beets about ¼-inch thick or you can cut them into cubes.
- Pack the beets snuggly into sterilized canning jars being careful not to bruise them. Add 3-4 whole cloves to each jar.
- In a large saucepan combine the sugar, water, vinegar, ground cloves, allspice, cinnamon and remaining whole cloves; bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes making sure that the sugar granules dissolve.
- Quickly pour brine over the beets in the jars, leaving ¾-inch headspace (the liquid should go no further than the shoulder of the jar!). Remove air bubbles with a plastic knife or other small tool.
- Wipe the jar rims clean, put on lids and hand tighten the bands.
- Process in a boiling water bath for 12 minutes. Remove from water and allow to cool on a rack. As with all pickled items, they taste best after a few weeks.