Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pickled Beets

My family LOVES pickled beets so I make some every year, but the last couple of years have been pretty rocky with the canned beets. 

I canned some about 4 years ago that we LOVED and the next year didnt taste all that good. We tried again the next year, still nothin. 

This year, I was talking to my neighbor and her and her husband have a recipe that her family loves so I decided to try it. 

I FOUND IT! These taste AMAZING!! 

This is what I was doing wrong those years: I thought it was the variety that made them taste good, no, I apparently pickled them and didnt remember doing it. I thought I just canned them with water.

Anyway, I will be canning the rest of them just like this and I am putting this here so next year, when I say to myself; "How did I can those?" I can come here and find out.

Here is the recipe: (I will be canning more this weekend so if yall want more details and pictures, let me know in the comments.)

Pickled Beets (the test run)

So I went out to the garden and picked about 8 golfball(ish) sized beets and cooked them for about 15 mins, peeled them, sliced them and then put them in a bowl.

For the syrup, in a saucepan I combined....

2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon of salt

I brought all that to a boil and poured it all in the bowl with the beets. After letting it set in the fridge for a couple days so all the flavors could melt together, I put them on the table for dinner(afternoon meal) and they were a big hit! 

When I can these I will put the sliced beets in jars and pour the juices in the jars, put the lids and rings on and seal. 
Here is more detail as to how to can beets.

If you make these, please come back and let me know if you like them too! My neighbor would be ecstatic to know that!

As a side note for all the yarn dyers: The juices from these beets when you are done eating them make EXCELLENT dye for the yarn! 


1 comment:

  1. Thank -you Melissa! I love pickled beets!