Roasted they are divine. They are sweet and pair so nicely in savory dishes. As a child, beets were always pickled and canned. So when the time came to harvest my own beet crop, I knew exactly what I was going to do....make my children recreate a page from my own childhood. Scrubbing beets.
At first, your kids will think this is lots of fun. Until they realize that Mom is actually having them do work. Then be ready for the whining and complaining. Don't give in. Make them scrub those beets. You had to scrub bushels of them...for goodness sake, I think they only have 25, max! Weak.
While all the above is happening, heat your pickling fluid up to simmer and get the sugar dissolving. Follow your recipe. Or be like me and use half my Grandmother's recipe and half the Ball Blue Book's recipe. And then be nervous you're going to give your family botulism and store the three jars you get in the fridge.
Thanks for reading!