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I made several changes to the recipe. I used one 15oz can of beets, drained. I used fat free cottage cheese instead of ricotta. I added only 2T vinegar and the juice from about 1/4 lemon. I did not add any sugar or water. The consistancy and sweetness of my version was just right for me without the above. Quite a few changes, but hopefully my version retains the spirit of the original. Very good, very easy to make and looks pretty.
This is not the traditional borscht I`m used to. My mom would put in sour cream not buttermilk and ricotta. The directions calls to add lemon juice which is not in the ingredients I added 1 tablespoon. I used red wine vinegar in place or cider. I cook the beets as directed but didn`t bother peeling just threw them and all the rest of the ingredients (except the water I didn`t need it) into the vita mix and it came out absolutly creamy, refreshing, vibrant. Yes I put the cucumber, onion and dill in as well.
Thanks Rita for the great review and for mentioning my ommission of the lemon juice in the ingredients. I've edited the recipe to include the lemon juice in the ingredients. So glad you enjoyed this non-traditional version of borscht.