Prep 40 mins
Cook 15 mins
DD and I had this a few years back at a restaurant in Canberra served with dips, assorted cheeses pita bread and such. My DD and I loved it, I have been searching for a recipe ever since, and after two years of searching for the right recipe, found this in one of my familie's old cookbooks in my cupboard....go figure!!!! When we had it in Canberra the beetroot seemed to be coarsley grated, but I like it finely julienned, as it seems to have more flavour. The serving and yield you get, will depend on the size jars and also the size of the beetroot used, so it will not be exact, as I used small jars. This is great served on a platter served with cheese dips and savoury biscuits, or served with salads, and always on hand in the cupboard.
- 4 beetroots
- 1 1⁄2 cups white vinegar
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon peppercorn
- 1⁄2 teaspoon clove, whole
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1⁄2 cinnamon stick
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- Wash the beetroot well, and cook in boiling salted water until tender.
- Strain and cool beetroot and remove skins (for smooth surface remove skin by hands, remembering beetroot stains, so you might wnat to wear gloves and use an old cutting board).
- Slice beetroot into julienne strips and set aside.
- Place all pickling ingredients into a pan and bring to boil when boiling bring back mixture to a simmer for about 5 minutes and then strain mixture.
- Spoon beetroot into hot sterilized jars, and top with the vinegar mixture.
- Seal jars, (make sure seal is secure when the jars cool) and store in a cool place.
This is a wonderful simple recipe. I have made it a few times now. I prefer it grated to julienned because the julienn makes it pretty slippery and messy, Grated it has a bit more texture and does better in burgers etc.
I also made it with slices and we loved it. Our family are big tinned beetroot fans and they loved. One thing to mention is don't add more of the spices. It becomes quite overpowering. I also used a little red wine vinegar in the mix too. If you like canned sliced beetroot and have an abundance of beets, this is a great recipe to use. Thank you for posting
This is the only way we eat beetroot now. No more store bought jars! Subtle and delicious flavor. We eat about 4 batches a week and can't get enough of it!