Wednesday, August 1, 2012
It was quite an adventure and I'm not at all happy with my Ball canning book at the moment. The pickled beet recipe could use a serious update. Here's what happened -- I was doing so well. I selected uniform-sized beets, boiled them according to the directions, then slipped off their skins and quartered them. I made my pickling liquid and added the beets once it came to a boil. I got my jars ready and was all set up. And then I filled my first jar with beet slices up to the 1/2 inch mark and attempted to fill in the gaps with the pickling liquid. By the time I had added enough liquid to cover the beets up to the 1/2 inch mark, I was out of liquid -- and 5 jars of beets yet to go! I was so mad. I had to start over. I tripled the amount of pickling liquid and barely had enough for the rest of my jars. Which, by the way, made 5 jars not 6 as the recipe indicated.
I am pleased with the final product, and all of my jars did seal nicely. But really, I would expect much better accuracy from a Ball recipe.