Pickles forum: Pickled Beets My personal Blue Ribbon Winner

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susandonb
Feb 13, 2010 1:54 PM CST
Name: Susan
Here is my recipe and step by step photos for pickled beets, which won 1st place at my county fair.

Thank you, Thank you I tip my hat to you.

PICKLED BEETS:

Select small young beets if possible. Leave 3 inches of tops on and the root. Drop into boiling water cook about 10-15 minutes or until skins start to slip off easily. Drain and plunge into sink filled with ice water, slip skins off and cut off stems and root. If beets are too large to place in jar whole then halve or quarter or chunk into 2 inch chunks.

Prepare jars according to directions. Pack beets into jars, gather next to stove top.

BEET PICKLE MIXTURE:

2 C. sugar
2 C. water
2 C. Cider Vinegar
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp allspice
1Tbsp cinnamon

Add all ingredients to pot and bring to boil until sugar dissolves. Lower to a simmer. Ladle brine into jars over beets, seal and cover. Process 20 minutes in Boiling water bath.

NOTE: I usually can a bushel of beets at a time so I triple the brine recipe at one time, this does not effect recipe and is convenient for large canning batches.

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susandonb
Feb 13, 2010 1:55 PM CST
Name: Susan
Washing Beets

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susandonb
Feb 13, 2010 1:55 PM CST
Name: Susan
Peeling Beets

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susandonb
Feb 13, 2010 1:56 PM CST
Name: Susan
Making Brine

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susandonb
Feb 13, 2010 1:57 PM CST
Name: Susan
Packing Jars

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susandonb
Feb 13, 2010 1:57 PM CST
Name: Susan
Finished Product! Hurray!

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grmesue
Feb 13, 2010 9:12 PM CST
Name: Sue
Southeast Arizona
Those are pretty. I do beets but use the big ones and cut them. Cook just like you do only brine is similar. I use the larger beets as they are easier and faster for market. I'll post watermelon pickles this next week. They take some time but ate very good and older people love them!
Imagebeebonnet
Jun 16, 2010 2:17 PM CST
Name: Sue Smith
Oregon
Thank you for sharing your pictures of the beet pickling process, Susan. Kind of like a tutorial. I Like it!!! My beets have not come up yet. Better get going and try again.
david_reaves
Jun 17, 2010 8:48 AM CST
Name: David Reaves
Austin, TX
I used larger beets and sliced them, too. My pickling recipe is similar, but without the allspice. I found that pickling beets is surprisingly easy. I plan to plant a large area in my garden this fall, just so I can pickle more.

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Imagebeebonnet
Jun 18, 2010 9:03 AM CST
Name: Sue Smith
Oregon
What variety of beets do you think are best for pickling ?
david_reaves
Jun 18, 2010 11:38 AM CST
Name: David Reaves
Austin, TX
The varieties I grew this spring were "Crimson Globe" and "Bulls Blood". Both seem to be okay.
Imagepaulgrow
Jul 2, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Paul
Allen Park, MI
If you put the beets in boiling water for 30-45 seconds then plunge into ice water the skins come right off.
Saves a lot of time.
Paul
Ayrica
Jul 2, 2010 2:22 PM CST
hey .. thanks for the tip on that Paul.. so it works just like doing that with tomatos ~ COOL

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