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is located along the northern shore of Lake Superior, west from Sudbury/North Bay. Most news and information stops at North Bay, but there is another 1000 km of Ontario to the Manitoba border.

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Beet Harvest

Harvest of some beets here, almost October and no frosts yet but some giant beets.

Noticed alot of Kohlrabi near ready for picking and well, tons of Swiss Chard. Not bad for a garden planted almost a month late.

Filled a large pot to start the process of pickling beets – can hardly tell I picked them too, so lots of beets to go.

More information on growing beets here in the north of Ontario is located here >>

Canned Beets - ready to eat

Simple Pickled Beet recipe

Cook Beats in boiling water until tender but still firm. (large ones like mine took about an hour. Let cool so you can handle them.
The skins should then just fall off, so take em all off.

  • Slice into 1/4 or so inch slices.
  • Put in sterilized Jars.

Brine:
1 Quart White Vinegar, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups of water (I use beet water from the boiling) a tablespoon of pickling salt and a few whole cloves if you are into that.

My beets required two batches of Brine – brine can be saved for future use for a few weeks easily.

  • Bring it all to a boil, then pour/scoop it into beet filled jars so that beets are covered.
  • Take a thin plastic anything and let air out from beets in jars (basically just stirring them around in jar).
  • Put sterilized lids and screw hand tight.
  • A boil canning processing of 10 minutes in boiling water will preserve them for a year or more.

Sterilizing:
Boiling lids or empty jars will sterilize them, A dishwasher with extra heating function will sterilize jars, Baking in hot oven will sterilize jars.

 

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