Today on part 2 of our series I discuss the homesteading kitchen equipment I own or recommend. In all but one case I own or have owned everything discussed today. If you’re a homesteader, having canning equipment, canning jars, a food processor etc. …
Created By: Omi-Chef Snow’s Mother-In-Law
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours
My mother-in-laws pickled red beets are legendary. I used to HATE pickled beets until I tried hers in 1996. I loved them so much I married her daughter just to be sure I got the recipe!! They beets are sweet with a hint of all spice, clove and mustard seed. They last forever in the pantry and are loved by all.
**NOTE** Before starting have all canning equipment and the kitchen sterilized. You’ll need: Larger canning pot, wide mouth pint jars, lids n bands, tongs, rack in the bottom of the canner. Also, it does not hurt to double the recipe for the brine so you don’t run out and because the ingredients are so inexpensive. But if doubling the bring, be sure to double the spices too otherwise bring will be much less flavorful.
1/2 bushel (25 lbs) of red beets, trimmed with skin on (until they are boiled first..read below)
2 cups cider vinegar (min. 5% acidity-I use White House brand)
2 cup water
3 cups plain white sugar
1 tsp salt
Make Sachet: (A piece of cheesecloth with the following things tied up in it tightly)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole Allspice
1 tbs yellow mustard seed
1 tsp whole cloves
2 tbs celery seed
1-Bring a large pot of water to a boil, drop in while beets that have skin on and some of the stalk attached, about 2-3 inches of it. Boil until tender, pierce with a knife to determine doneness….some will be cooked before others so be patient.
2-Bring vinegar mixture to boil, add sugar and sachet, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes covered.
3-Remove beets, let cool then remove the skins and slice into 1/4 slices.
4-Pack jars with beets leaving 1 inch headspace. Pour simmering liquid in the jars leaving the 1 inch of headspace.
5-Put on your Tattler Lids
6-Process for 25 minutes in a water bath canner, remove and let cool on counter for 24 hours before placing in the pantry.
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Chef Keith Snow
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