Prep 16 mins
Cook 4 hrs
I found this recipe nearly 20 years ago in the Toronto Sun and have made it several times over the years. It makes enough for a family of three, like mine, to enjoy over several weeks, since it doesn't require any processing and keeps well in the fridge. The recipe calls for cider vinegar but I have made it with white vinegar and think it tastes much better that way. Please note: Chilling time is under cooking time.
- 2 cups cooked beets
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup cider vinegar (Substitute with white vinegar if preferred)
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- Layer the beets and onion in a bowl or refrigerator container and set aside.
- In a 2-cup measure, mix the reserved beet juice (adding water to make 1/2 cup, if necessary), vinegar, sugar and salt.
- Microwave on High 2 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the hot mixture over the beets and onion.
- Cool, then refrigerate, covered, for at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Keeps well in the refrigerator for at least a week.
- To prepare the beets: Wash 4 medium beets, unpeeled and with at least 1" of stem left on.
- Place in a bowl with 1/4 cup water.
- Cover and microwave at High for 10 to 12 minutes or until fork tender, rearranging twice during cooking.
- Let stand 5 minutes.
- Drain, reserving the cooking liquid.
- Refresh the beets with cold water, then peel and slice.