Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 22:48:50 -0400 (EDT)
I and my twins love beets! (My husband had them on his list of things
he doesn't eat.) I once wrote an article on them for my food column
and got a letter from a beet hater. It was hilarious! The three of us
love this pickled beet recipe from Farm House Cookbook.
Aiuli's Pickled Beets
1 large bunch beets ( about 1-1/2lbs)
3/4 cup white vinegar (I use rice vinegar)
2 tablespoons sugar (I use fructose)
6 allspice berries
4 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
1. Trim beet stems, leaving 1/2 inch of stem intact. Do not trim roots.
2. Bring water to a boil in the bottom of a vegetable steamer. Add beets,
cover, and steam until nearly tender but still offer resistance when tested
with a sharp knife about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove steamer basket from heat.
3. While beets are steaming, combine vinegar, sugar, spices, and herbs in a
saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and keep warm.
4. When beets are cool enough to handle, carefully scrape off the skin, trim
the stem and root ends. Slice the beets into 1/8 inch thick slices and place
in glass bowl. Cover with warm vinegar mix and set aside to cool. When cool,
cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before using. They will keep for
about 3 weeks.
Makes 2 cups