Monday, September 9, 2013

Harvard Beets with a Kick

Look what I saw on my way out to the garden

And these :)

And when I got to the garden, this is what I found :(

Damn mice have been snacking on my produce.  They tore through my patch like a kid in a candy store.   This photo was taken after I dug them up...the mice couldn't reach my shovel thank Waldo, or they probably would have eaten all my corn too.

The good new is, if I hadn't so few beets to preserve, I wouldn't have thought up this crazy idea of kicking Harvard in the pants with a little bit of Cayenne pepper!  

I found my old recipe for Harvard Beets and stepped it up by adding a few more spices

Approx. 3 lbs of beets cooked skinned and cubed
1 cup of white vinegar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 TBSP cornstarch
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp ginger powder
1 TBSP cayenne pepper (or to taste pending on your wimp level)
1 Tbsp butter

In a large saucepan, add vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, spices and butter  Boil until it starts to thicken.

 Throw in prepared beets and mix thoroughly.

 Makes about 10 cups. 
 I  put two cups into each freezer bag to pull out for a quick addition to any meal.

  This is a very strong tasting beet recipe.   If you would like to tone down the sourness, you could use half vinegar, half water.  I like the boldness of sweet to sour.


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  1. I've seen so many beet recipes lately...and, I must confess, I haven't eaten a beet since I was a kid and my mom had a garden the size of Eden. I didn't like them. Maybe now that I'm all grown up I should try them again...


  2. Darn those mice!!! Your beat recipe looks like it might make my toes, I love that. Yep, I have eaten my share of bugs!!


  3. Damn mice, we have them in plague proportions at the moment they're actually chewing through my walls, but I haven't seen them eating the veggies...maybe because the kids drop so many crumbs outside? Beets look amazing damn the mice!

  4. Wow, the first photo is so beautiful. That pulled me right in.
    Funny..I usually think of the garden as a peaceful place - then I had to laugh about your mice. ...sorry : )

  5. First...I love your flower pics..still have your sunflower one as my fall desktop. Second...every time I make a promise to try beets in my diet more often...I fail. But, I'll try adding some cayenne, because I do love that! are seriously a tease! I was all thinking you had a big diet secret!!! Funny!

  6. I have never had a beet. I don't know what that is either! Definitely need to add that to my to do list.

    Bike riding will give you the same protein result. I don't know how many bugs fly into my mouth when I bike ride, but I am betting it's over the daily recommended allowance!

  7. Your pictures are gorgeous! Your aphids diet reminded me of a few days ago when I called my son to help me in the garden...He was so furious about so many bugs "attacking" him, he barely stay there for five minutes :)

  8. I need to add "beetroots" on my list for the farmers' market next week, the recipe seems yummy!

  9. Oh, pretty flowers! Damn those mice! I'm not a beet fan, but my husband is, he would really like this recipe. And I can see a great benefit to your new found protein diet - it's very cheap! ;) Sharon

  10. Every area seems to have their own garden pests, either the buggy-kind or the furry-kind. We only had the bugs to contend with in our garden, but a lot of places in our area have to contend with jackrabbits -- they love the tops and the bottoms of root veggies! Oh, I detest those flying bugs! Once-a-year we have to contend with white flies who are prolific during cotton harvest time; but if you live close to citrus groves, you get gnats -- they tend to like the mouth, nose, eyes and ears -- hate those little pests!


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