Thursday, 13 December 2012

Working out the Beetroot!!

What a perfect morning to.............pull out some of my lovely Beetroot and bottle it.   So pull some I did. Not all tho'.

Of course I then needed to find the "how to do it" my sister had emailed me.

Best find some suitable jars, and make sure I have enough of the required ingredients.  How many times do you start something to only find out you have something vital missing.  Well not today!!!  I was prepared, and as the saying goes, "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail", something the teachers at Boys high love to remind the lads  round exam time. Yeah they listen and take it on board too!!

Back to the Beets!!  Top and tail them, wash and put  in a large saucepan and cover with water.  


Then bring the suckers to the boil and simmer until tender.  Sounds so nice!!!


Remove from their spa like environment and put in colander and rinse to help cool them off.

Bit like being in a Sauna I  and then heading for the cold plunge pool.


While waiting for them to cool off a bit (all red and flustered by now), prepare labels for jars.


Also during this time of cool down the leafy bits of the Beetroot also known as their clothes, were delivered to the girls to sort through to see if anything was suitable!!!

I think they would have preferred to have gotten out of their enclosure and free ranged over to where the Beets had been growing and turned over the soil themselves.  Of course they would have helped them self to seconds, thirds and anything else that was in the vicinity and edible.

Not on my watch!!!

Right back to the Beetroot that had cooled down sufficiently to be sliced.  I love how the look all sliced up, just like slices of tree with all the rings to count, except they are not years!!!

So Beets all sliced and ready to be packed into hot jars.


Now set aside 3 cups of reserve.  Reserve?? What the fark is reserve?  Oh yeah that's right the watery stuff the Beets were bathing in.

4 cups of Malt vinegar.


1 and 3/4 cups of white sugar


All this back into the large saucepan for a good old fashioned boil up!!!


And stir until sugar has dissolved.


Remove from the heat and pour over the Beetroot nicely packed into jars, seal and stand back and look at what's been made and feel virtuous!!  I can just feel the Domestic award for 2012 coming my way soon!!




Vix said...

Love beetroot, pickled, boiled and eaten hot on a cheese sandwich or grated up and made into a cake. Yum! x

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Ya can't beat beetroot! :D

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

RIGHT!!!!! I've put this post straight into my recipe bookmark - thank you so, so much for sharing your secret, I've been grazing the fridge for tinned beetroot this week and you've convinced me I must make my own now:) xo