Sweet Pickled Beetroot

Sweet Pickled Beetroot

Preserve your own home-grown beetroot in a sweet and spiced vinegar, and enjoy in the coming months with salads and cheese.

MAKES 4 JARS

Preparation time: 30 minutes

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Cooking time: 30 minutes

• 1.5kg fresh beetroot

• 1 cinnamon stick

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• 1 tsp whole black peppercorns

• ½ tsp whole cloves

• 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds

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• 1 tsp whole allspice

• 3 bay leaves

• 3 tbsp caster sugar

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• 1 litre distilled malt vinegar

• 4 x wide-necked jars, sterilised

1. Make the spiced vinegar: put the spices, sugar and 300ml of the vinegar in a pan. Bring to the boil slowly, then take it off the heat and leave covered overnight.

2. Wash the beetroot carefully without rubbing the skin off. Put them into a large pan of boiling water and simmer for about 30 minutes until just tender. Drain and leave to cool.

3. Rub off the beetroot skin, then slice the roots (about 1cm/½in thick) and pack into jars. Pour in the vinegar and spices. Cover, seal and label. Leave a week before eating.

4. Store for 3-6 months.

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