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Your recipe for canning Harvard beets has cornstarch in it. All the other recipes for canning Harvard beets says not to can with cornstarch, but to add it at time of serving. I'd like to know it the beets turn out alright with the cornstarch added in the canning?
By Denise P
I need a recipe for canning Harvard beets. Thank you.
Beets can be water bathed if they are pickled. I do the spicy pickled beets in the Ball Canning book. Not sure what Harvard beets are but the spicy pickled beets are excellent when chilled.
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I would like a recipe for home canning Harvard beets. I already pickle them, but we like this kind also for a change. Thanks to all.
Joyce from Coffeyville, KS
Does anyone have a good recipe for canning Harvard beets?
By Ruth from Sweet Valley
Preparations: Remember when preparing beets, trim off all but 1 inch of the roots and the stems. Cooking time may vary, depending on the size of the beet.
1. Simmer the beets, covered in salted water, until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the liquid.
2. When the beets are cool enough to handle, slip off the skins and cut the beets into a 1/4-inch dice. You should have at least about 12 cups of diced beets. Set aside.
3. In a medium-sized pot, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, and reserved beet liquid. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Whisking constantly, cook for 30 seconds or until thickened. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until melted.
4. Stir in the diced beets and cook to heat through. Season with salt.
Now you can serve some at room temperature, or warm, or can them all using the following method.
Canning Finished Beets:
Fill your clean canning jars with cooled beets, leaving at least 1/2 inch head room in each jar. Put your lids on jars and seal tightly. Process the beets in the jars at a boil for 30 minutes in a hot water bath. Check the jars after they have cooled off to be sure they're all properly sealed. I always take my jars out of the hot water following the processing time, and turn them upside down on towels on my counter for the entire cooling process, my grandmother claimed the jars sealed better by doing this. Put any unsealed containers in the fridge and use within a couple days. (10/19/2009)