Pickled beets recipes are neither time consuming nor arduous. It's just a good way to preserve them for year round enjoyment.
To my mind it's really for the veggie gardener because the sugars are rapidly converted to starch once reaped. If they are several days old from the green grocer then you have to add a lot of sweetening and that defeats the purpose.
First, how to cook beetroot is your initial step; that too isn't rocket science, and made much simpler when prepared under pressure.
Have you got a pressure cooker? We use ours almost as often as the hand blender and bread machine. They are not expensive and save you time and money; cooking takes a third as long.
Then all you do is prepare the vinegar and spices, slice the beets, boil it up and you're done. What could be easier?
Pickled beets recipes begin right here.
If they are fresh you hardly need any sugar at all.
Bring the vinegar, water, sugar and spices to the boil and simmer for fifteen minutes.
Meantime, slice the still warm beets that you've just cooked. If you're not sure read this how to cook beetroot page.
And pop them into the boiling liquid. Simmer for a short while, perhaps five minutes, remembering they are already cooked; all you want is for the spices and vinegar to penetrate your beets.
Ladle your beets into ball jars and cover with the hot liquid. Top up with hot vinegar if necessary, and seal.
Beetroot is a woman's best friend; forget the diamonds. With all the reports coming out from the harm caused by taking iron supplements, you should be looking for foods that are rich in this element that is so vital for haemoglobin. There's no need to suffer from the tiredness and fatigue of anaemia.
Then of course beetroot is what I call God's gift to the colon. It's rich in soluble fibre, the stuff that the alimentary canal desperately needs for easy passage of the stool. Plus that starch that reaches the colon is what the microflora feed on, producing not glucose which raises the blood sugar but healthy fatty acids.
Use the site search function to look up resistant starch, as it's known.
Constipation is a serious malady, and not to be taken lightly. It's the main cause of diverticulitis and colorectal cancer.
Naturally there are many other foods, particularly fruit and salads that are rich in fibre. But a helping of these beets once a week would go a long way to helping keep your bowels happy.
Mayo clinic lists a diet which is low in fibre, but rich in fat and calories, red meat, diabetes, smoking and obesity as risk factors for bowel cancer. So too the couch potato is more likely to have troubles; exercise helps keep us regular.
What might that cancer-causing diet look like?
Breakfast: Bagel, fried egg on white toast with margarine.
Lunch: Burger or deep fried chicken and french fries take away.
Supper: Pizza and ice cream.
Add to that a life behind a computer and TV in the evenings, and a couch potato lifestyle, and you're a gonna.
Beets will help supply all the fibre you need and do not contribute to any of those noxious factors.
More about beets from WHF.
If the beet greens are young and fresh, certainly do not discard them; they too are wonderful source of choline and betaine, vital parts of methylating (= detoxifying) the homocysteine that is a natural metabolite of protein digestion. It's been fingered in many serious diseases and serious birth defects too.
Apart from their merit, they take only one minute to cook and make a wonderful green for you supper.
Apple salad recipe is another ready source of soluble fibre; not quite as effective in dealing with constipation as these pickled beets recipes, but with other benefits.
Health choice foods, fresh from the garden are absolutely delicious; these pickled beets recipes retain the benefits for a longer period.
Life is about choices. You either choose healthy choice foods, or you opt for pain, umpteen visits to doctors, pills every day and a life of misery. What's it to be?
I'd rather spend the time fussing with pickled beets recipes and the like, myself. It's more fun and less painful!
Is a life without medication a pipe dream? Certainly not, but don't wait until you are sixty plus.
Bernard Preston is a semi-retired chiropractor who is passionate about healthy living; hence these pickled beets recipes. He has become something of a greenie, having built a solar farm on his roof, an large organic garden and a rainwater collection system making him almost independent of the utilities.
Bernard Preston's home could be off the grid, but then you must have a very large bank of batteries. It's something for future consideration however.
He has also published three chiropractic books, and a trilogy called A Family Affair. He is busy with his seventh book, Priests Denied.