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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pickling Beets {Tutorial}

Step 1- Selecting the Beets
The best beets are fresh beets.  Select firm, crisp beets.


Step 2: Trim the Tops and Wash your beets.
Just take a sharp knife or a pair of kitchen scissors and trim off beet tops, leaving an inch of stem and roots to prevent bleeding of color.

Step 3: Cook the Beets
Place beets in a large pot and cover with water.  Cook them until they are tender.  This depends on the size.  I did mine for around 20 mins. Drain and discard the liquid.


Step 4: Cool the Beets
Place the beets in a bowl of ice water.  This is to cool them off for handling.

Step 5: Cut Beets into smaller pieces
You can cut your beets into wedges, slices, or leave them whole.  You just want them small enough to place into your jars.

Step 6: Prepare your Pickling Solution


4 cups vinegar (5% acidity)
1½ teaspoons canning or pickling salt
2 cups sugar or Splenda
2 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves - about 1 tsp
12 allspice nuts (whole) - about 1 tsp

Place vinegar, salt, sugar, and water in a large pot.  Put spices into a cheesecloth and tie off.
***tip- baby food holders work great to hold your spices. 
Bring to a boil.
 
Step 7: Boil Beets in Pickling Solution
Add beets to solution and simmer for 5 mins. 

Step 8: Place Beets in Jars
(forgot picture sorry)
Add beets to clean, sterile, hot jars. I like to keep mine in the oven at 250 degrees until ready to use.  Fill your jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace at top.  Then add liquid leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Place lids and bands semi tightly on. 

Step 8: Water Bath
Place jars in an open water bath for 30 mins. 

Step 9: Let Jars Cool
Cool your jars for 24 hours before removing bands.  Any jars that didn't process right, place in the refridgerator or eat.



3 comments:

Queen of Spades

Awesome tutorial! I have been afraid of trying this. My aunt gave me a recipe, but your step by step with photos has now given me the confidence! Yay! Onward to the garden patch...

Marie Demoulin

Great blog! Very interesting! Keep going!

sherree

These look beautiful!!!!