Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cabin Cooking: Simple Fresh Pickled Beets

My garden has raised beds on a cedar log float.
Each year my floating garden has different stars. This year it's my root crops. My carrots are larger than usual. My beets and onions are doing great as well.

I plant my seeds directly in the soil at Easter. This is after the last freeze, but the weather can still be rainy and cool. This year we had a warm spring, so everything was about two weeks early.

This year I think my root crops are better because I really thinned them at the seedling stage. In the past, too many plants struggled for room. Now they all have more personal space, and the result is bigger, more flavourful produce.

This year I planted beets again. Because my garden is small, I rotate the crops and change things a little each year. Beets are easy to plant because the big seeds are easy to sow. When it came time to do the thinning, I was careful and relocated crowded seedlings to bare spots. Now I can make lots of fresh pickled beets. They're really easy.

Simple Fresh Pickled Beets

Remove the tops about one inch above the root.
Thoroughly wash the root, but do not break the skin.
Place beets in a pot and cover with water.
Bring to a boil then reduce to medium for 30-45 minutes.
Rinse in cold water and remove skins (they slip right off).
Slice the beets and place in a covered dish.
Pour Marukan Seasoned Rice Vinegar to cover beet slices.
Add about 1 teaspoon sugar and stir.
Refrigerate beets, then enjoy.

You can cook young beet tops like spinach or use them raw in salad. That makes beets a versatile part of a kitchen garden. Plus, you can mulch and leave beets and carrots in the ground over winter if you live in a mild climate. I love being able to go out and pick them fresh, even in January. -- Margy


  1. betty3:02 PM

    Hi Margy,
    Missed you. That is one big carrot.You could make carrot and rasin salad for a week. Your pickled beets sound good I think I will try them. How are your potatos in the tub doing.

    1. This has been a bumper crop year for my carrots and beets. The potatoes are ready to dig once the rain stops and the soil dries a bit. I've stolen a few from the top and that are really great. I love the Yukon Gold variety for eating and storing. - Margy

  2. Thinning out the seeds is important and I don't think I do it enough. We do have a good crop of beets though. I'll check out your pickled beet recipe.

    1. I tend to plant too many seeds, but I've been fairly successful in resetting some of the seedlings to empty spots. And for some varieties, I can use the tiny plants in salads. Kind of makes me feel a bit less guilty. - Margy

  3. Mmmmm love pickled beets. I made some last year from beets a friend grew - the home grown vegetables just taste better.

    1. So right! Especially tomatoes for some reason. - Margy

  4. Martha Stewart eat your heart out! :-)