Viennese Beet Preserves

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by Sharon123

This would be delicious with lamb or pork, also with curry, rice, or noodles. Use your imagination! I don't remember where I got this, I like to collect unusual recipies.

Top Review by TooAllergic

I served this with curried chicken, our family's traditional Christmas dinner. My beets gave off a lot of liquid and never thickened. I was afraid they would break down too much if I kept simmering them. I think the flavor is perfect. My family loved the relish, and it will be added to the permanent list of curry condiments (currently 12)! I would love a suggestion on how to thicken it though. Thank you for another wonderful use for beets.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs beets, leaves trimmed to 2 inches
  • 3 cups sugar, to taste (1 1/2 lbs. (or more)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3 small lemons, very finely chopped (not skin or pith)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (outside skin only, no white pith)
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds


  1. Cook whole beets in boiling water until tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Let cool, peel and dice.
  3. Combine diced beets, sugar and ginger in medium saucepan and cook over medium-low heat 30 minutes.
  4. Add chopped lemon and continue cooking until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, about 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in almonds.
  6. Transfer to jars with tight-fitting lids and seal.
  7. Store in cool dark place. To be safe process in boiling water for 10 minutes.

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