Friday, 27 January 2012

A Canning Mistake...

You know, I really hate posting about all my mistakes but sometimes they are just so funny I can't help but share them with you.

Last evening I was going through all my canned goods and thinking about what needs to be used up fairly quickly and what I need to put up this year when I came across my pickled beets. Now I love pickled beets! I mean I can sit down and eat a whole jar in one sitting! The fact that they have very few calories is always a plus for me so I never feel guilty. As I looked at the jars sitting on the shelf I decided I had to have some. Why were they all sitting here anyway? Surely I must have missed them or they would be all gone? So taking that lovely jar I opened it and proceeded to eat some....

What was this?? This didn't taste like pickled beets!!! Oh no......  now I remember....  sigh...  All these lovely beets and they don't taste anything like they should.

It was a few years ago... I had received a bounty of beets from a neighbor who had way too many and didn't know what to do with them, so I took them home. Boxes and boxes of lovely beets! I knew just what I wanted to make. I would pickle them! Yum! I had just enough ingredients to get started, so I proceeded to pickle as many as I could. It wasn't long until I ran out of supplies and had to go to town. While I was there I noticed an amazing sale on pickling supplies. Lovely little pre-made packages of pickling spices all ready done up. This would save me some time!!! Yeah!

Happy as a clam I went home and finished pickling all those lovely beets, not realizing that the pickling packages I chose where the wrong ones. Yep, I used a dill pickling spice on beets... those lovely last few batches taste like dill pickles.... (shaking my head at my stupidity)

So, here I sit with 6 jars of what looks like lovely pickled beets...  Sigh... I can't bear the thought of tossing them out but I just don't know if I can get used to the taste enough to eat them. Maybe if I think of them as dill pickles?? Hmmm....

Now if you are looking for a wonderful pickled beet recipe that won't taste like dill pickles check out the Simply Canning website.

Happy Friday everyone!

Also linked in to Laura Williams Musings blog hop.


  1. Now that reminds me of the time I made turkey stuffing with pizza spices instead of sunmer savory. My nose must have been "off" that day, as the kids could sure smell pizza when they came in from school! Oh well, it happens. I also make "chocolate" cookies with cinnamon that I had got from the bulk store and didn't label - figured it was light-colored cocoa when it was in fact dark-colored cinnamon.

    I hope you enjoy your dill beets. Gloria

  2. I sure hate the thought of you throwing them all away too! chop them up, add loads of fresh garlic, some olive oil and cold cooked pasta. Call it pink pasta parade!

  3. I think they are growing on me as I ate a small bowl full today. I like your idea Jessica! May have to try that.

  4. Reminds me of the first time I made pancakes. I guess I was trying to do a couple things at one time and in a hurry picked the wrong ingredient. Anyway I thought pancakes - at least the ones my wife made - would rise up a bit and get soft and fluffy, but I noticed the ones I made were very flat and dense - they looked like little Frisbees! Just when I put the last batch in the pan a sudden thought hit me (that does happen, rarely, but I do have a thought now and then). I rushed over to the cupboard and sure enough, I had picked the wrong container and used corn starch instead of baking powder! They didn't taste too bad, but the texture left a lot to be desired! Lesson learned!

  5. Oh goodness, you poor beets. I can't get past the taste of beets (now I like the golden ones ok but not the red) to even try a pickled beet. Maybe I'll get brave and try one soon.

    Thanks for linking this up at the Carnival of Home Preserving!

  6. We've had some pickling mistakes through the years. I made pickled tomatoes that no one liked but made a great pasta sauce (so good that my family has requested I make more pickled tomatoes this year). Once we had pickled asparagus that we did not like (from a neighbor). I can't stand the thought of throwing good food out so I used them in place of my pickles in things like egg salad and tuna. No one noticed the difference. Beets are a little tricky to hide but I bet they'd be a fine addition to salads and the like.


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