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Sweet Pickled Beetroot        Veg  CD  ACC



Makes approx. 3 x 300ml/10fl.oz. jars


Vegetarian  Vegan Vegetable  Cold  Accompaniment  Pickles Preserve  Preserves  Preserving  Gluten Wheat Dairy free  Eggless



1.1L/40fl.oz. White Wine Vinegar

1 tsp salt

Cinnamon stick

4 Black Peppercorns

4 Whole Cloves

up to 225g/8oz Sugar 

1kg/2.2lb Small uncooked Beetroot, washed but not peeled




1. Place the vinegar, salt, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves and sugar (if using) in a large saucepan, bring to the boil and cook, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.


2, Add the whole beetroots, cover and simmer for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of beetroots used, until the beets are tender. Do not break the skins or they will lose their colour. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.


3. Remove the beets from the cooking liquid with a slotted spoon then peel and either dice, or slice. If very small they can be left whole. Pack into sterilized jars to within 2.5cm/1-inch of the tops (see notes below). 


4. Reheat the vinegar mixture in a pan until boiling, then carefully strain over the beetroot until well covered (by 1.5 cm/1/2-inch).


5. Tap jars to remove air pockets, seal, label and store in a cool dark place for at least 3 weeks before eating.



Notes:    see also General preparations


Jars - Use jars which are free from cracks, chips or flaws the best sizes to use are 450g/1lb although 1kg/2lb jars can be successfully used for pickling fruit/vegetables.  Prepare the jars by washing well in warm soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. Dry the jars in a cool oven (140C, 275F, Gas Mark 1).  Fill whilst still warm to prevent the jars from cracking when the hot filling is added.


Filling and covering the jars    Whilst still hot,  cover with a waxed disc (wax side down) ,  immediately place a cellophane disc over the top then cover with a screw top lid.


Storage Store in a cool dark place.











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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.


Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.


Tips, Options and Substitutions

 See above

Main equipment required to make this recipe


Chopping Knife

Chopping Board


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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