February Canning: Organic Russian Beet Relish {giveaway}

Yum. This recipe came from the book Pickles and Relishes, full of recipes that hit on pretty much every season and include crock pickles, heat-processed pickles and refrigerator pickles. The fixings for this recipe include beets, cabbage, onion, celery, caraway, horseradish, sugar and vinegar, creating a memorable experience for my palate. I picked up the veggies for this batch from the University District Farmers Market in Seattle-- I love that we have year-round markets, and I especially love Nash's Organic Produce. This was a relatively quick project, less than three hours from start to finish and resulted in 7 full pints and 2 half-pints.

Unfortunately I was a little short on brine (especially after getting the bubbles out of the jars with a chopstick) and had to scoop some of the solids from the jars in order to get them covered effectively with the amount of brine I had on hand. I noticed the jars also lost some of the liquid when they processed in the water bath canner, though everything I've read says the vegetables resting above the brine may discolor but shouldn't be a problem for bacteria. What do you think?

I kept the relish remnants in the refrigerator and it has proved to be a tasty treat, both as a relish for sausage and rice and a condiment to a salad. If you are interested in trying this tasty concoction leave a comment below-- I plan to give away the two small jars, so depending on interest I will either do a drawing or just give it to the one or two people that might want it. Let's call it canning karma. Cheers!


  1. Me, me, me!! I love everything beets.

  2. Oh, and I should mention that I am very impressed with how well you're keeping going with your preserving and creating goals. I am inspired and wish I had time to do something with that inspiration. Maybe the second half of the year? (I am finishing up a blessing dress for the baby that I'm making from my wedding dress...)

  3. I'm trying to be a fan of beets. So far, no bueno. I will be preserving orange and lemon rinds in the next few days. I'm jealous of your year-round Farmer's market. It's too difficult to get out of the house some days. But, I'm glad it's warming up here.

  4. You are amazing. Seriously. Can I come live with you for a few months and you can teach me all of this cooking and preserving?? I don't know how to do any of it! So impressed! :)

  5. I am with Sarah, love, love anything beets.

  6. I love beets too! Even if they do leave a reminder a few days later! :)

  7. So.... You should send me some:D:D Because i am the BEST brother in the world:D:D!!!!


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