Harvard Beets for the Freezer (or Right Away)

"The only way to eat beets! When I harvest my beets in the fall I always make up a few batches of this for the freezer-they're just as good reheated and it's a wonderful quick veggie for winter! To prepare fresh beets, I cover them with water, cook for 30 minutes to an hour till tender, then peel and cube. This recipe is a Swedish family tradition. The long cooking time includes the time the beets need to marinate."
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  • Mix the sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and water in a pot and boil 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the beets, toss to coat.
  • If you are freezing: put one batch in a quart size bag or container, and make a note to add 2 tablespoons butter when reheating.
  • If you are eating them now: Let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • Just before serving, add the butter and reheat to the boiling point.

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  1. I made this recipe and froze it last summer and just this week thawed a package and served them at supper. DH and I both really liked them. We love pickled beets, but this was a nice change and a way to serve them hot, thanks Kaarin!
  2. 2/2/10-Very good. Not to sweet, not to sour. Just the right blend of ingredients. I will be making these again. <br/>Updated:7/23/12- I've always just used the red beets but I made these tonight using Golden Beets. I thought the red beets were delicious these were very, very good too.
  3. For those who don't like the taste of beets, this is one to surely surprise and make you want more. Such a great recipe. Tried it last Sunday for our family meal and plan on making it a staple. Love it.
  4. Very tasty and easy.
  5. We just enrolled in a CSA and have never cooked beets before...this recipe is super easy, tasty and quick! I used Recipe #72861 for baked beets to cook them.


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