Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

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brookchook
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Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby brookchook » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:59 pm

I was lucky enough to be given a heap of vacola jars recently, and as my beetroots are ready to be harvested I am planning on pickling them today. The only problem is that I can't seem to find any info on how long I need to water bath them for? The recipe I have calls for cooking them first, peeling, boiling up the pickling ingredients then pouring it over the beets in the jars.

The only thing is, I have different recipes that all vary in the water bath time from 10 minutes to 30 mintues - can anyone confirm how long is really need to be safe? I don't want them to turn to mush, but also want them to last as long as possible. Being in vinegar I think 10 minutes would do it but not sure.

Also, will I need the lid/clip remover tool or is that just another gadget?

Thanks

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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby Heidi » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:06 pm

Hi,
In all the books I have, it does say to prepare them as if you were going to eat the directly, and to be careful not to damage the skins otherwise the colour will begin to leach out of them (and create a mess!). You will also need gloves to handle the cooked beets because they will stain your hands.

these are the results I got from my selection of books
Preserves & Pickles by Alison Burt... scalding time for 5-20minutes water bath for 35 minutes
FV 26th revised edition book.... boil until soft enough to insert fork, remove skins, slice or quarter, bring to 180 F and hold for 1 hour.

The others that I have don't mention water bathing, so I'd be reluctant to recommend them. I actually think they are more the short term, in the fridge type of recipes anyway.

Goodluck,
Heidi

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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby brookchook » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:53 pm

Thanks Heidi! I have cooked the beetroots and packed them in the jars, just waiting for the water in the canner to heat up now. I didn't make a mess until it was time to peel them - some came off easy, others...not so much, LOL and I didn't wear gloves. I also cracked one jar (but won't make that mistake again) :cry:

24 beetroots has given me seven of #31 jars...considering how many beetroots are still in the garden, I think I planted enough to feed about five familes :lol:

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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby Heidi » Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:31 pm

Hi Brookchook,
That's a lot of beets! Now, are you pressure canning them or are you waterbathing them? I only gave you the waterbath times because you were doing them in vinegar, but if you're pressure canning them, I can take a look and tell you how long you need to do them for? I've never planted beets, but wonder sometimes if they are easy to grow. My DH loves them on sandwiches.
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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby mallee11 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:47 pm

Beetroot are very easy to grow ,I grew the three colours this year yellow, pink and blood ,the yellow and pink have circular stripes look nice taste like normal beetroot ,just something different ,I also grew the long ones and these are the ones I prefer

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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:19 pm

I am hoping to grow some of the candy beetroot this year. Have the blood beetroot in the ground now as that is the main one we eat. I am running low on pickled beetroot so am keeping a close eye on the garden these days.

Have been looking for some Queensland Blue pumpkin seed, lots of butternut around but not the Queensland blue ones. Will keep looking.

We picked some rhubarb this morning and also quite a bit of silver beet. All the berry bushes are loaded with fruit so I can see berry sauces and preserves in my future.

Kathleen
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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby minnie » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:13 am

Hi Kathleen,

I'll look in my seed stash, I may have some blue seed.

I put in some butternut, only because I'm the only one that eats pumpkin and if I don't give it away quickly most ends up cattle food. But my favourite are the blues.
:D
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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby brookchook » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:17 pm

Yes I waterbathed these, using my presto canner...won't do that again as it is too big and took forever to heat up enough, so would either use a smaller pot, or just pressure can them (I have the ball book and I think the canning times are in there). The reason I didn't pressure can them was that I didn't know if the vacola jars would be ok in the canner (they were secondhand and I don't know how old they are).

This is my first year growing beetroot and it was very easy - I even re-planted the thinnings and even they have all grown well.

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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:12 pm

Heidi beetroot is really easy to grow. My DH loves them on sandwiches as well and we eat a lot of beetroot in this house.

Brookchook, I put hot water from the tap into my water bath, usually about 2-3 litres as this takes no time at all to heat to boiling. Often by the time I have then put all the jars in the canner the water may be up to the top though not covering the jars so I add a kettle full of boiling water then. I tend to do my beetroot when I am also doing something else as well to make the best use of my canner and time. Water is an issue for us so I save the water from the canner for the next time by letting it go cold then pouring it into a 15 litre water drum. 2 or 3 uses later and I then will let it go cold and pour it on the garden.

Kathleen
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brookchook
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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby brookchook » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:47 pm

Thanks Kathleen, I will try that next time. By the time I had cooled, peeled, sliced and packed the jars, the first lot had gone cold so I was weary of putting cold jars into too hot water (after cracking one jar from the oven). Next time though I will cook, cool, peel, cut, pack all the jars - then add the hot pickle vinegar so that the jars are warm and ok to go into warm water. LOL BIG learning curve:)

Water is an issue for us as well as we are only on tank water.

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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:24 pm

Same here. I usually cook, peel and chop then put the washed jars into the oven to heat and sterilize for 30 minutes, while they are in the oven I then add the hot tap water to the canner and also add the vinegar to either the stock pot or a large saucepan (depends how much beetroot I am doing). I then add the beetroot and bring the lot to a boil. By now the timer has usually gone off so I will take the jars out of the oven and turn the beetroot pot off, put the timer on for 5 mins so the beetroot and jars are no longer boiling (don't want to crack any of those jars). After 5 minutes transfer beetroot slices or baby beetroot to the jars, ladle in the vinegar pickles etc , cap and pop in the boiling water (or close to boiling) The whole process usually takes me about 1 1/2 hours from start to finish providing I have everything out and ready and there are no other interruptions.
The trick is to be organized.

Good luck next time

Kathleen
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Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:20 pm

Okay, today I decided to have a look int he garden to thin the carrots and beetroot. Someone decided I needed to spend the day in the kitchen because when I thinned the beets I came in with a bucket full of small beets suitable for pickling baby beets and another bucket full of large ones.

No sewing for me today instead I have been up to the proverbial elbows in red beet juice. DH loves his beetroot and eats it almost every day so I now have 8 pint jars of spiced pickled beets sitting on the counter along with 8 jars of pickled whole baby beets and currently have 6 jars of plain beets in the pressure canner as DD also loves beets but asked if I could still do them with out the vinegar as she likes to taste more of the beetroot and have less of a vinegar taste. For DD I added left over beetroot juice (double strained as usual) along with the same of water, 1/4 cup of sugar, and to one of her jars when filling I added a 1/2 stick of cinnamon, 4 whole cloves, 1/2 tsp salt the rest I just added the salt to and kept plain.

So this seems to be my day, productive yet not quite as I had planned.

Kathleen
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