Pickled Beetroot With Caraway

For this month’s The Food In Jars Mastery Challenge we had to make use of Low Temperature Pasteurization. Pickled cucumbers are a great choice here, but I wanted to try something new and so I made pickled beetroot.

Pickled Beetroot
Pickled Beetroot
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Before I move on to my post about pickled beetroot I want to discuss more sugar alternatives. I wrote about using xylitol as a substitute. The reason I personally do not use xylitol is a long story. I was contacted by a local health guru telling me fructose was bad for my health and I must change to xylitol. She could not offer me proof to back up her statement and was merely trying to get my to purchase her product. Prohibitive cost aside I have recently been informed that xylitol is highly toxic to animals and so would not risk having it in my house. My Boxer is known to eat anything she can get to. This very same person has now moved on to erythritol as her new product. Given that it caused by bakes to turn mouldy I do not use it.

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For people who can tolerate sucrose, molasses is a great alternative. Molasses is a by-product of sugar manufacturing and is highly nutritious. Blackstrap molasses is a good source of iron and calcium. It is best used in baking and has a moderate glycaemic index. Molasses has 75g of carbohydrates per 100 grams. I have friends who are on low carbohydrate diets and when doing research I discovered that beetroot contains 10g of carbohydrates per 100 grams. As an aside, it is not highly recommended for people who suffer from kidney stones. This puts me in a quandary as I love beetroot, especially when roasted. Served up with a dash of horseradish and I have a great side dish. I made my pickled beetroot very crunchy as Dave won’t eat it. He does not like the way his plate changes colour. Tonight I will experiment with roasting it.

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Pickled Beetroot With Caraway

The caraway makes all the difference in this pickled beetroot recipe
Recipe Category: Side Dish
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  • 1 large beetroot peeled and thickly sliced *
  • 5 mls caraway seeds
  • 15 mls flaked salt
  • 70 mls balsamic vinegar
  • 175 mls water


  • Place the beetroot into a glass bowl
  • Finely grind the caraway seeds and salt using a spice grinder
  • Sprinkle over the beetroot and toss to combine
  • Cover and leave overnight **
  • Place the beetroot into a sterilized glass jar
  • Pour the liquid from the beetroot, the vinegar and water into a saucepan
  • Heat over a low temperature until tepid
  • Pour over the beetroot and seal the jar
  • Place the jar into a sous-vide cooker and bring the temperature up to 60° Celsius ***
  • Once the temperature has been reached, set a timer for 30 minutes
  • Remove from the cooker and place onto a rack to cool completely before opening or storing
  • Refrigerate once opened


* wear gloves if you do not want to stain your hands
** the longer your beetroot spends in the salt, the softer it will become
*** you can use a pot on the stove with a thermometer but I find this easier to maintain the temperature
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Dave and I are away for motor racing. We will be back at work on the 22nd of August. I will start replying to comments as soon as I have caught up on work.
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28 thoughts on “Pickled Beetroot With Caraway

  1. While I am not a beetroot fan, my husband certainly is! I will have to surprise him by making Pickled Beetroot.

    Enjoy your time away at motor racing!

  2. Hey Tandy in 2. under method in your recipe. Should ‘drink’ perhaps be ‘grind’? Also what would be the alternative if a sous-vide cooker is not available? Love your blog avidly read every post, nearly time to make no churn ice-cream again, if it ever warms up again. Laura

    1. I think a gremlin got in and changed the word. How funny is that. Thanks for spotting it. You can use a pot of water. Large enough to cover the jar. Slowly being it up to temperature and leave for the same amount of time. Hope you enjoy your ice cream and thanks for the compliment.

  3. My son, Michael, loves beetroot, Tandy, so I must try this with him. Greg also doesn’t like the staining effect of beetroot. I didn’t know it wasn’t good for people who suffer from kidney stones. That is good to know as both my Dad and my Aunt are sufferers.

  4. 5 stars
    Fab recipe Tandy. Oh yes horseradish on the side of beetroot is a winner! I need to use more beetroot, I think I often avoid it because it can be messy.

    1. I saw. As soon as I did the change it changed something. A real gremlin. But we are away so it will have to stay gone till Tuesday. Thanks for letting me know.

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