It’s that time of year again when the beetroots are just flourishing, everytime I go to the allotment more are just laying, having grown so much, atop the earth. Pickling when preserving is my favourite way to put some by for later in the year when the ground is hard and the frost is cold and then we can pop open a jar of our home preserved beetroot with all the goodness and nutrients that they hold. To fill two .75 kilner jars you will need-
1 kg fresh beetroot
700 ml red wine vinegar
100 g granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
4 red chilies or to taste halved
1. Wash the beetroot taking care not to break the skins. Trim tops and remove leaves but don’t cut the flesh. Place in large pan boiling water, bring to boil and reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until tender.
2. Drain and allow to cool, rub off skins.
3. Place vinegar, sugar, salt, coriander seeds and peppercorns in a pan and heat gently until all the sugar dissolves. (Preferably use a stainless steel pan as vinegar is acidic).
4. Wash and sterilize 2 x 1 litre kilner jars. One way to do this is to wash thoroughly and leave in a warm oven for 15 minutes.
5. Quarter the beetroots and pile into the warm jars with two chilies per jar, I had some chillis we had dehydrated so I used these. 6. Top with the hot vinegar spice mix. Seal while hot and label. Leave to pickle for at least a week before using.
I have previously kept my jars for a year, storing in a cool dark larder and have been so grateful to have some to open in the cold winter months. Once opened keep refrigerated and use within 5-7 days.
Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occurring folic acid). It contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants. Beetroot is thought to aid in lowering blood pressure, is an aid in boosting exercise performance and according to the NHSlivewell/superfood website can be an aid in the fight against dementia.
• When boiling vinegar it takes the oxygen out of the air so keep a window open and be aware if you are asthmatic.
• Use more but smaller jars if you don’t expect you will use a complete jar in one week.
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