The Great Beet Massacre of Sparks, Nevada

BULLETIN NEWS FLASH! Woman Found Red-handed Massacring 16 Beets in Sparks, Nevada! Ohhhh!!! The HUMANITY of It All! Stay tuned for details!

That would have been the headline on the evening news if anyone saw my kitchen on Saturday afternoon…my first attempt at making Pickled Beets.

What was I thinking? I’ll tell you one thing I was thinking…Beets are pretty hard to peel! It’s not as easy as it sounds! And messy! I’m soooo glad my husband was out of the house when I massacred the beets!

First I boiled the beets for about 30-40 minutes…roots intact with about 2″-3″ of tops.

Then put them in a cold bath. Once somewhat cooled I cut off the root and tops…then pondered how to skin’em. I read that you could just slip the skin off after boiling them. HA! They lied! My sink looked like this when I was finished…

All I kept thinking was “those damned beets are gonna stain my wood floor and 80 year old sink!” Thank goodness for bleach spray.

Then I sliced them about 1/4″ thick…

During all that ~ I had simmering (after a boil) on the stove a pot of sliced onions, apple cider vinegar, sugar, water, salt, and a bag of pickling spices.

Which was then added to the beets and then simmered for 3 minutes before adding to the canning jars…took 40 minutes in the hot bath due to high altitude adjustments. Was able to get 5 pints out of it all.

Oh yeah…made 5 more pints of Kosher Dill Pickles too. We ate all the ones I canned from the garden!

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For Today ~ 15 December 2008 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 15 December 2008

Outside My Window… Snow Snow Snow ~ It’s snowing on the construction workers.

I am thinking… YEAH! It’s snowing! And it’s POWDER SNOW! I bet all the skiiers are excited…school is out in one weeks time and the slopes will be packed soon. Gotta pull the cookies out of the freezer for tomorrow’s cookie exchange here at work. Better go heat some water up for a cup of tea.

I am thankful for… My church, family, a roof over my head, my space heater under my desk here at work.

From the kitchen… The Great Beet Massacre of Sparks, Nevada. Stay tuned…more on the 11 pm news!

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies, fuzzy black/grey pull-over.

I am creating… candy, cookies, candles.

I am going… to do the under-grad student time sheets once I’m finished here.

I am reading… just the newspaper at the moment…and 10 Years of Calvin & Hobbes (again)….just love those two.

I am hoping… that it keeps snowing, but that DOT (thankies!) can keep the roads cleared as humanly possible.

I am hearing… me typing. It’s a snowy slow day…oops, I take that back. Lady in the next office just came in…she’s not so quiet! Heh.

Around the house… probably two kitties on my bed (actually one on top and one under the covers) trying to stay warm.

One of my favorite things… Sipping hot mint tea inside on a snow day.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Make caramels, cookie exchange, package up baked goodies for trash guys, newspaper dude, and post lady.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… Snowing in the med school’s court yard.

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