I have been excited to write about this dill pickled beets recipe for a long time. Dill pickled beets are not only a family favorite tied to great memories, but also a fourth generation family recipe originally crafted by my grandma and great grandma over 50 years ago. Great recipes tend to stand the test of time and this one is a keeper!
I look forward to making these every summer. As a matter of fact, the solitary reason I even grow beets in my garden is to dine on these delectable delights! They are sweet, tangy, and have the bright punch of dill! Though they make a great side dish, I generally find myself eating them as a snack! My stepson even enjoyed these when he was two years old!
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This recipe is technically a canning recipe but it is also perfectly suited for refrigeration as well. As a matter of fact, the USDA doesn't recommend canning home-developed recipes unless they are specifically tested and endorsed by the USDA. My family has been successfully canning this recipe since the 1960's, and though the vinegar and sugar ratios are similar to various approved recipes, it has not been inspected or tested by the USDA. For more on safe canning practices, please see the following link: http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/files/26457.pdf
Dill Pickled Beets for Canning or Refrigeration
- Beets to fill 4 quart jars
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 ½ cups White Vinegar
- 1 cups water
- 1 TBSP Pickling Salt
- 1 head of fresh dill per jar
- Leaving 1” of stem and all of roots intact, boil the beets for ~1 hour, or until easily pierced with a knife.
- Remove beets and let cool enough to handle.
- Boil sugar, salt, water and vinegar in pot.
- Remove outer skin and quarter beets (or cut into manageable sizes) and place in clean quart jars along with 1 head of dill.
- Pour over brine solution, add lids, and process in water bath for 30 minutes if canning, otherwise place in refrigerator and let sit for a few days before enjoying.
30 minute processing time comes from similar USDA approved recipe, however it is important to note this is not a USDA tested or approved recipe.
To guarantee safe processing place jars in refrigerator rather than canning for long term storage. Pickling spice can also be added for additional flavor!
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