Sunday, 7 February 2010

Post 165: Pickled Betroot Update

Several months back, I had my second attempt at pickling some beetroot. The first was a complete disaster: based on my not having realised it needed cooking first. Second time around. I cooked, peeled and then chopped the beetroot and left it in the pickling vinegar. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy.

However.... yesterday I met my mate Bri to go walking and it was my turn on packup duties. I was thinking I was on a winner with the day's butty selection: home made seeded bread, cheese and pickled beetroot. Simple, easy, nice. What could go wrong? When we got to our lunch break. I unwrapped the first round of buttys, Bri was downwind and exclaimed "Bloody hell luv, that's stripped the hairs from up mi nose!". To say the beetroot was a little tart would be an understatement. This isn't even the stuff that's got the chillies in!

Anyone got any ideas on how to make it mellower?


  1. Oh no, that's a shame. I'm not sure they can be saved but if you make the next batch with white wine vinegar instead of pickling or malt that would definitely help to make a mellower pickle. The butty sounds delicious otherwise, with the combo of homemade bread, cheese and beetroot.

  2. Do you think it's too late for the chilli stuff? that's only been a-pickling for just over a week, and as per the first lot it just went straight into pickling vinegar.

    At least Bri's dog didn't mind the beetroot.

  3. I've tried to cut and paste but it doesn;t like it very much; Delia has a really nice recipe (search for Pickled Beetroot and Shallots), she uses red wine vinegar - and spices.

  4. What a shame - I was wandering how it would turn out. I've had some really nice pickled beetroots in the past but stupidly didn't get the recipe when I had the chance. I really don't like too much vinegariness in my pickles.

  5. Well I am no expert (far from it in fact), but I think if you tried transferring the chilli beetroot to wine vinegar it may work. If I were doing that though I would probably follow a recipe such as Greedy Rosie's suggestion of Delia's, just using your already pickled beet and chilli. Oh Lord, now I have said it I hope it works!! How's Bri's dog now - still standing?

  6. Rosie: thanks for the tip to find Delia. I'm going to have a look for that at the weekend - when operation rescue-chilli-pickled-beetroot will commence.

    As you might all guess, I'd just thought pickle stuffs go into pickling vinegar.


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