I know what you're thinking. Beets?! Really, Terri?
I never thought I would ever eat a beet, but believe me, these are awesome!
I canned 8 quarts last Friday when our Internet was out and I'm hoping that will last us for awhile.
They're definitely a pain in the "you know what" to work with and my kitchen looked like a crime scene after I was finished, but they are so well worth it.
You start by taking each beet and trimming the tops and bottoms to about an inch from the beet.
Boil them until you can stick a fork in them (giggle - giggle) and then peel and cut them. I cut mine into chunks.
Next combine these ingredients:
3 cups sugar
2 cups vinegar
2 cups water
1 Tbsp pickling spice
1/2 tsp salt
Combine with the beets in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Boil for 5 minutes and then pack into your jars.
The hardest part is getting all of those beets trimmed and peeled. After that, you're home free.
They're perfect to bring out at Christmas and even tying a bow around the jar and adding to a gift basket.
Have a great Tuesday!