Planting a garden is a lot like throwing dice; you never know what you are going to end up with. This year my corn crop was a total bust with the frost killing the plant before the ears matured. I had much better results with beets. I ended up with the biggest beets I have ever grown.
I find eating beets is always a bit of a hassle because the tubers are so hard and they take so much cooking to soften them up, but I luckily discovered my pressure cooking Instant Pot the be the solution to that problem. Our favorite way to eat beets is Joan’s very spicy pickled beets that are always a success with guests too. She adds cayenne, and garlic to the pickled beets when she cans them and they are delicious.
I know that beets are not a favorite food for a lot of people. One of my sisters doesn’t like their taste and I recently read that the Obamas don’t like them either, but as I write this blog I can smell cooking beets and my saliva is running, because Joan is right in the middle of making the spicy pickled beets right now.
Below is a photo of the half quart jars, each with a garlic clove, half a bay leaf, and half a teaspoon of cayenne, waiting for the cooked beets and brine to be added.
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