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Spicy Candied Pickled Beets

Raw fresh beets

cider vinegar (5%)
cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices / per cup of vinegar
1 small dried hot pepper / per cup of vinegar

1/2 tespoon mixed pickling spices / per pint jar
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds / per pint jar
1 small dried hot pepper / per pint jar

Wash beets leaving skin and root intact. Trim stem end to 2 inches.
Place beets in Pyrex casserole dish, add 1/2 cup water. Cover with
lid and bake at 325 degrees F. 75-90 minutes, or until easily
pierced with point of knife. Turn beets into another container or
into sink and allow to cool until cool enough to handle. Trim
stems and roots from beets, and slip skins. Set aside.

Meanwhile, while beets are baking, bring vinegar to a fast boil.
Stir in pickling spices and hot peppers, immediately remove from
heat, cover, and allow to steep for 1 hour.

Strain all spices from vinegar, add equal amount of sugar and bring
to boil. Add beets (cut in quarters if large), and boil gently
for 5 minutes.

Pack jars with beets, adding the additional pickling spice and hot
pepper to each jar. Fill jars with pickling solution to within
1/4" of rim. Top with lid and ring and tighten.

Process in BWB 15 minutes.

Store for at least 1 month before opening. Refrigerate before

The leftover liquid can be used to make pickled eggs.


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