For a more colorful relish, use a combination of red and golden beets. Serve the pickled beets with poached or smoked salmon, or toss them into a salad made with toasted walnuts, endive, and fresh goat cheese.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2002


Recipe Summary

Makes 2 quarts


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  • Place beets in a large nonreactive saucepan, and add enough cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium, and cook until beets are easily pierced with a paring knife, about 45 minutes.

  • Transfer mixture to a colander, and let drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Let beets cool slightly, then peel. The beets will be easier to peel when still warm. Cut each beet into quarters.

  • Combine vinegar, reserved cooking liquid, sugar, salt, and mustard seed in a large nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, and continue boiling 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and add beets; let stand, covered, overnight at room temperature.

  • Transfer mixture to jars or airtight containers, and store, covered, in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.