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Picked Beets from freeze-dried

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Picked Beets from freeze-dried
Can you make pickled beets from freeze-dried?


I love beets.
I love them cooked and drizzled with butter;
I love adding them to soups;
and I love them pickled

Last year, I tried preserving them by freeze-drying them (and that worked well) and I tried reconstituting them in a pickling brine but I had processed them raw and they were pretty crunchy. 

So, this year I tried again, but with cooking them first. It worked like a charm!

Why Pickle from Freeze-Dried?

Now, why not just pickle them? Well, a few reasons. 
  1. I now have options as to how I use the beets throughout the winter
  2. I love powdering fruits and veggies. I can use it as a spice or in juices or even add it to breads.
  3. It is one processing style that I can use for all my preserving. 

FIRST : PRESERVE THE  BEETS

  1. I harvested 4 lbs of beets, washed them and cooked them in the Instant Pot for 17 minutes, in an inch of water
  2. I cooled them, peeled them, chopped them into bite size piece, put them on freeze-dryer trays and into the freezer to pre-freeze (this reduces the  processing time)
  3. I put them into the freeze-dryer until completely dry 
  4. And I stored them in pint jars, vacuum sealed, and labelled.


Next: PICKLING 

(For 1 pint of freeze-dried beet chunks)

THE BRINE
This recipe has been passed down through at least two generations. The full recipe is for a large batch of beets. I just adapted it to be enough for one pint 

Heat to mix:
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/8th (ish) cup water
  • Pinch of salt

  • Fill the jar of beets with the brine. (Add more water if needed, to cover beets)
  • I added a fermenting weight to keep all the beets soaking in the brine
  • Add the lid to keep things clean
  • Let it cool.
  • Put it in the fridge to chill.
  • And enjoy!

Even my picky eater loved them! WIN

Next year, I will grow enough beets to do more batches of freeze-dried beets

How do you like to prepare your beets?
- Debbie

Also, see: How I store my freeze-dried food

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