Wednesday, December 29, 2010
5 medium Beets (about 1 lb)
1 large Onion, finely chopped
2 Sweet Red Peppers, finely chopped
1 c. White Vinegar
1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
1 tsp. Pickling Salt
2/3 c. Grated Fresh Horseradish (or 1 1/4 c. prepared/jarred horseradish)
Cook beets in boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain beets, remove skins and chop finely, there should be about 2 cups. Combine beets with onion and peppers. In a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan combine vinegar, sugar, salt and horseradish. Bring to boil over high heat. Add vegetables, return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Ladle relish into hot jars within 1/2 inch of rim. Add lids and screw tops. Process 1/2 pint jars for 15 minutes, process pint jars for 20 minutes.
When you are done and are looking for something to do with your kids, or if you just want to play, use the beet juice to do some natural tie-dying. Save water you boiled the beets in, gather up some scraps of fabric or old white shirts and have fun! I haven't done this with the three monkeys yet, but am hoping to do it later in the week and then use the fabric as decorative toppings for the jars - hmmm, I think I need to keep this in mind next year when I am struggling to come up with Christmas gifts.