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Pickled Beets With Cumin & Cloves

  • September 23, 2011
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Pickled Beets With Cumin & Cloves

Here at our house, the canning continues. The latest is this delightful pickled beet recipe that seemed like a good way to use the three big bunches of beets that have been cooling their heels in the crisper of our fridge since we picked them up from our CSA several weeks ago. We had three delicious varieties — red, chiogga and golden.

If you’re not a fan of beets, I encourage you to keep trying them. After hating beets with a passion for about 30 years, I did a complete about-face a few years back and now love them. I think it’s easier to transition to golden beets as their flavor is a little mellower and sweeter than red or purple beets. They served as the “gateway beet” for me.

Roasted beets, peeled and ready to slice by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

Cumin and beets go so well together – the exotic savory flavor pairs really nicely with the beets’ rich sweetness. Vinegar adds a little bit and salt brings the whole thing up to a humming pitch.

Cumin seeds, cloves and salt by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

These pickled beets are delicious on falafel or as part of a Middle Eastern style mezze spread with hummus, olives and stuffed grape leaves. In addition to tasting good, they also look good – I think the jars are positively jewel-like.

Pickled Beets With Cumin & Cloves by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

If you’ve ever cooked with beets before, you know that they stain – so wear gloves unless you’re okay with having pink hands for the day (the mark of a beet lover!)

Beet Blood on my Hands by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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10:22PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

I love pickled beets! Wonder if I can pickle canned ones, as I have several cans in my pantry.

3:14AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

That must be delicious!

7:04AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

never would have thought of combining cumin and cloves

2:28PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

I've never grown beets but maybe I'll try !

9:59AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

I think I am going to try these.

8:57AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

would love to try these!

9:07PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Would like to try this or something like this some year.

4:45AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011


11:50AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Thank you, we love beets!

9:02PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011


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