Cornersmith’s pickled beetroot

We pickled our own beetroot last week for the HalloweenFete… As long as your jars & lids are scrupulously clean and sterilised, the beautiful jars should last for ages! Not that our fete jars did however…

Fresh from the garden: beetroot
Recipe source: Alex and Jamie at Cornersmith Café, Marrickville


  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Potato peelers
  • Food processor with vegetable blade attachment
  • Paper towel
  • Oven mitts
  • Large saucepan & wide pan
  • Tongs
  • Scales
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measures – cup, 1/4 cup, tablespoon
  • Glass jug for pouring
  • Jars and lids
  • Labels

  • 3kg+ medium size beetroot
  • 1 litre white wine vinegar
  • 1 litre water
  • 1¾ cups raw sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill

 What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 140C.
  • Wash the beets.  Trim off the leaves for another use.  Weigh the beetroot – you’ll need about 3kg. Peel the beets and add peels to compost.
  • Very thinly slice the beets using the blade attachment on the food processor.  (You could also use a large knife or a mandolin.)
  • Wash the jars and lids in hot soapy water, rinse well and drain upside down.
  • Place all the jars onto an oven tray, right side up, and slide into the oven to sterilize for 15 mins.
  • Dry lids with a clean piece of paper towel.
  • In a saucepan put vinegar, salt, water, sugar, peppercorns and dill. Gently heat until sugar is dissolved and then slowly bring to the boil.
  • Slide the tray of jars out of the oven and then carefully using tongs& an oven mitt, pack the sliced beets in.
  • Ladle the hot syrup into a glass jug and then pour over to cover beetroots. Leave a 5mm space at the top.
  • Seal immediately and leave to cool. Label when cool.
  • Leave to mature for at least a week.  The jars should be kept in a cool, dark place and will last at least 6 months if not a year!
  • Refrigerate after opening and eat within a month.

Notes:What other vegetables could we pickle? What other preserves could we make? Why do we sterilize the jars?

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