Pickled Golden Beets
Source of Recipe
From "Southern Living: Little Jars, Big Flavors"
"This recipe works with red beets, too, but golden beets are less likely to stain your fingers or your apron."
List of Ingredients
◦ 3¾ pounds (3-inch-diameter) golden beets
◦ 2½ cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
◦ 1¼ cups sugar
◦ 1 teaspoon canning and pickling salt
◦ 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
◦ 8 whole cloves
◦ 2 (2- to 2½-inch diameter) onions, thinly sliced
Trim beets, leaving 1 inch of stem, and scrub.
Bring beets to a boil in water to cover in a medium saucepan; reduce heat, and simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Drain, rinse, and cool slightly. Trim off roots and stems; peel beets. Cut beets in half vertically; cut halves into ¼-inch-thick slices to measure 6 cups.
Sterilize jars and prepare lids.
While jars are boiling, stir together vinegar, next four ingredients, and 1¼ cups water in a stainless steel or enameled 8-quart Dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil. Add beets and onions; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove and discard spices.
Using a slotted spoon, divide beets and onions evenly among hot jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Cover beet mixture with hot pickling liquid, leaving ½ inch headspace. Seal and process jars, processing 30 minutes.
Remove jars from water, and let stand, undisturbed at room temperature 24 hours. To check seals, remove the bands, and press down on the center of each lid. If the lid doesn't move, the jar is sealed. If the lid depresses and pops up again, the jar is not sealed. Store properly sealed jars in a cool, dark place up to 1 year. Refrigerate after opening.
Makes 4 (1-pint) widemouthed jars for the shelf