A night on the tiles pickled beetroot ~ a hangover cure?

They’ve all jiggled and joggled in the pan together, now they are nestling up to each other in the cupboard. Big jars, tall jars, jam jars. All filled to brimming with beetroot. Bright yellows and deep reds, alongside creamy yellow-whites and pale blushing pinks. A cosy colour festival

A few weeks ago I asked for help, my friends came to the rescue with suggestions, emails and ideas for recipes.  Summer evenings with the door open to the garden, music on the stereo watching the night creep in, prepping and preparing, bottling and stacking. Could we call it a pickle flurry? beetroot and cornichon (gherkins) stacked up in the cupboard, a ready reminder of summer colour.

I have so much to look forward to, especially when I think of my favourite eating suggestion; it came through the blog and hailed from Scandinavia, from Denmark and Sweden to be precise. Pickled Beetroot are eaten with fried potatoes and eggs as part of a hangover cure.  Don’t you just love that idea! That there is a tried and tested dish to eat after a night out on the tiles.

But back to the actual recipes. I now have Jars of Smidge, Sawsan’s Mum’s recipe (aka the Chef In Disguise) , Kevin’s tried and tested recipe, and Tandy’s email with a link, plus all the others from the first postBlogging Beetroot. I think I have enough to see me through countless hangovers! Thank you all once again for joining in, these truly are blogging beetroot :)

A word about the recipes – I scaled all the recipes down and in all honesty played a bit with the spices, who wouldn’t?  I also haven’t included all the recipes, I’ve added links as this post was starting to read like a Compendium of Pickled Beetroot !

Smidge’s Pickled Beetroot

  • 2 lbs red beets,
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar,
  • 2 tbsp pickling salt,
  • 1 cup sugar,
  • 1 cinnamon stick,
  • 1 (2-inch piece) of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced.
  • They simmered the beets in water until tender.Drain and rinse, rub skins off. Cut into wedges.
  • Then combine the brine ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • I think you make sure a few slices of ginger get into each jar when you pour.
  • Probably discard the cinnamon stick..
  • I’ve not made this, but it’s in a book I have!!

Sawsan’s Mum’s Pickled Beetroot

I will give you my mum’s recipe. She usually cuts the beets and sprinkles them with a little salt and sets them aside for 15 minutes
for the brine you need

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • Add whatever spices and seasonings you like
  • I hope this helps.
  • Oh and it takes about 2 weeks to be ready

Tandy from Lavender and Lime kindly emailed me with a link to…. golden beetroot A Taste of Yellow for Barbara, a recipe with a personal story.  Not only did I love the colour but I loved the ingredients – the addition of Star Anise is a real taste teaser

And finally, but certainly not least of all Kevin’s  Wonder Beetroot recipe, a classic spiced pickled beetroot

And now I just need to put this theory to the test…….

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48 thoughts on “A night on the tiles pickled beetroot ~ a hangover cure?

  1. How beautiful these turned out!! Is that a star anise I see? Lovely, lovely flavors here and I adore beetroot!! If only my canning equipment wasn’t at the lake.. what was I thinking??!! I would love to try these! Thanks so much for your shoutout:D xx Smidge

  2. Thanks for the suggestions Claire. I do hope to try some of these, if only I could stop burning my beetroot because I forget that they are on the hob!

    • Hi lulu, I ate some from the first batch last night and they were good, I’m hoping that these are even better.
      and yes there are some adverts on the blog, I’m trying them out, to be honest I’m not sure what I think of them. The tricky thing for me is that I’m freelance so every penny helps, but I’m not sure or comfortable with “monetixzing” my blog….. as I say a tricky one. Any ideas ?

  3. Guess what? I resowed beets and might even get a handful! I rather imagine they will not make it to the pickled stage, but I can dream big for next year.

    • The only reason I liked them as a kid was when we used to visit my grandparents in north Wales, they had a great implement that you used to pick a pickle up and then deposit it on your plate. We were obviously only allowed to do that if we ate them !!

  4. I like the sound of that hangover cure, and your beetroot all look/sound really good! :D (I love beetroot – especially pickled beetroot in a sandwich with cheese, crisps and salad cream!) ;-)

  5. I never considered beetroot as a hangover cure before and God knows i’ve had a few. I’m not sure how it would stack up against a bacon sandwich – shall suggest to the Mrs the next time we over-indulge!

  6. Well, now I know where to come when I decide to pickle some beet(root). You really did take advantage of your harvest and a bounty of recipes. I doubt that I will be doing any beet(root) pickling this year, though. I’ve been doing quite a bit of canning and am at my limit already. Next year, though, watch out!
    Then again, if anything might persuade me to pickle a few jars, it would be that hangover cure thing — not that I ever need one. I would give them to a friend. Yeah, that’s it. A friend.

    • You’d be very welcome John, we haven’t much mor eroom in our cupboards either and the freezer is nearly full, even though I emptied loads of fruit out the other day! Oh well I’ll just have to stuff my face :)

  7. I am not sure these are the tastes I naturally crave when I need a hangover cure, but I think you’ve heard from some experts, so I’ll have to give them credit for creativity! How fun to have so many suggestions from blogging friends. Smidge’s recipe with the cinnamon stick really catches my eye! You’re all set now, I think! :-) Debra


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