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!

10 thoughts on “The Great Beet Massacre of Sparks, Nevada

  1. Funny. I actually thought ahead to wear gloves before I began handling my beets. Mine peeled pretty easily after cooking them. Your pickles look good too!

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