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Since I, personally, don't like to take the time to can vegetables, I always want
to either refrigerate or freeze them. This is a very easy and delicious way
to make pickled beets. My husband loves them!
Beet Recipes. Check out this delicious recipe for
Pickled Beets and Eggs and photo tutorial on
Oven-Roasted Fresh Beets.
Refrigerator Pickled Beets
Yields: serves many
3 pounds fresh small whole beets (use similar size beets)*
2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
3 or 4 garlic cloves, sliced in half
* Small beets can be
pickled whole. Larger beets can be sliced in 1/4-inch slices or diced. In
this recipe, I used several different varieties of beets that were varying
sizes that I sliced.
How to cook the beets:
There are two (2) easy techniques for cooking fresh beets - Your choice.
Oven-Roasted Fresh Beets:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rack in middle of oven.
Use tender, freshly picked beets.
Wash and scrub the whole beets to clean off any dirt. Leave the beet whole
unless you have some extra large ones (if extra large, cut in half). Trim
off the stems (leafy tops) and ends of the beets. Reserve beet leaves for a
recipe using them.
On a large baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil. Place prepared
beets, in a single layer, on top. Toss lightly with some olive
oil to coat the beets. Place another large sheet of aluminum
foil on top of the beets and crunch up the sides of the aluminum
foil together to seal.
Place in oven and roast approximately 1 hour or until tender and
easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife. Remove from oven
and take off the top foil. Set aside to cool enough to handle.
When cool enough to handle, peel
the skin off. They should peel easily by hand, but you can use a
paring knife if you want. (However, it's wise to use a paper towel or wear
gloves to keep the beet juice from staining your hands.)
Boiled Fresh Beets:
Use tender, freshly picked beets.
Wash, rinse and drain until all traces of
garden soil are removed. Use a small vegetable brush if needed. Cut off
leaves and stems, leaving about 1 inch of the root end. Reserve beet leaves for a recipe using them.
Place beets in large
heavy pan and cover with water over medium-high heat. Bring just to a boil; reduce heat to medium,
cover and cook until fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove
from heat and drain. Let beets cool until you can safely handle them.
enough to hand, peel the skin off. They should peel easily by
hand, but you can use a paring knife if you want. (However, it's
wise to use a paper towel or wear gloves to keep the beet juice
from staining your hands.)
How to make pickling brine:
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, and
garlic cloves; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar melts. Reduce heat and let the pickling brine simmer approximately 5
minutes. Remove from heat and let brine cool before adding the cooked beets.
How to pickle beets:
Place sliced or whole cooked beet into a
large jar that will fit in your refrigerator. NOTE: I
personally like to slice the beets. Pour cooled Pickling Brine
over the beets and gently stir. Place, covered, in the refrigerator.
Let them sit in the refrigerator, maybe
stirring once in a while, at least a week before eating them. Give the beets
a chance to “pickle” and develop flavor before eating. These beets will last
a long time in the refrigerator, probably 2 to 3 months.