Pickled Beets : A Photo Journey

Sometimes my kitchen looks like this :

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And I can anyway.

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This weekend I needed to can up some pickled beets. And today was Sunday. So it was time.

Here they are, and here it goes…

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I love the toilet paper and the fire extinguisher in back of my sanitized jars. It’s so classy.

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I made a casserole while I was canning. It featured beet greens and stems. Oven cooking is always good on canning days, because you can count on using all of your burners.

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Cheesecloth, for tying a spice bag.

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My canning surface:

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The casserole. Doesn’t look that great, but it tasted delicious. Potatoes, cheese, milk, mushrooms and cabbage, broccoli stems, beet greens and stems. Sounds gross too. Hmmm. Well I testify that it was good. We devoured it. It was all I could do not to gobble the whole thing down, but I managed to leave some for my husband. Here is River feeding some to the animals:

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All done by 6pm. Yield was three quart jars. Small canning projects go fast and are easy to fit into a day. River actually napped for 2 of the 3 hours that it took. Amazing.

About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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10 Responses to Pickled Beets : A Photo Journey

  1. I love your post! And your pictures of your “real life” kitchen. Mine looks like that sometimes, too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Reblogged this on My Foray Into Food Storage and commented:
    I found this great blog today with pictures of a “real life”, lived in kitchen. And she still cans! We do not have to wait for all the stars to align and our lives to be perfect to can or store food. Be inspired by this real women, living real life with her family.

  3. We love beets but have never considered canning them. Thank you for your blog article. I may decide to try this year. I’ve had really good results with canning tomatoes.

  4. Awesome and thank you for sharing

  5. lizard100 says:

    I’m glad you ate some too. We never manage to keep any very long.

  6. sewsowtasty says:

    I need to can some pickled beetroot this week too. I grew some yellow ones too and I use a white vinegar for that. How strong is your vinegar? Do you add sugar? My little girl (6) loves the strong taste, makes my eyes water!

    • Erin O'Neill says:

      The recipe I used called for white vinegar, but I use apple cider vinegar because I think the taste pairs so well with the beets. The recipe called for 3 Tablespoons pickling spice, 2 1/2 cups of vinegar, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. No salt, which was surprising to me.

      Yellow beets are great to can because you can see their beautiful rings. They look lovely on a pantry shelf. With red beets the brine gets so dark you can barely make out the beets.

      My one and a half year old daughter loves pickled beets too. Go figure. I never thought of them as a baby food. My husband devours them and says how good they are. That’s the reaction I’m always striving for from my family when I can, so when I find something they like I try to make it each year.

  7. You’re a funny thing! Beet casserole looked delish by the way!

  8. Tilly Frueh says:

    What a great post! I wish my kitchen looked like yours more often. Most of the time I can’t find an inch of counter space, the floors are covered with flour/sugar or whatever I happen to be working with, and don’t get me started on how my stove is in a continual state of “needs to be cleaned.” I guess it is a definite sign that I use my kitchen, but I’d like to think that one day my kitchen will be clean enough not to be too embarrassed to take pictures of me canning in it. Kudos to you! Thanks for sharing.

    • Erin O'Neill says:

      A used, loved, and lived in space is generally messier than one that is for show. Or perhaps I should say one that is for guests’ eyes.

      I try to keep my living room dining room really tidy for anyone who may happen to stop by. As for the kitchen, I wipe counters and load the dish washer more often than in the past. I also love the trick of ‘organizing’ the dirty dishes like my friend taught me. Stack plates and bowls, like with like. I also have an upright cylinder for dirty silverware. Keeps it all contained.

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