Well the infamous food processor that wouldn’t die has done it again. Today I made beet relish. I chopped up the beets, onion, carrot and green peppers. The thing is indestructible. Thank you again Scadutos for the donation.
4 pounds, beets, cooked and peeled
4 large onions
3 large green peppers
1 Tbsp whole cloves
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups vinegar
Grind beets, onions and green peppers. Tie cloves in cheesecloth bag. In large kettle combine vegetables, clove bag, sugar, vinegar, ½ cup water and 1 Tbsp salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove clove bag. Ladle into hot jars, leave ½ inch headspace. Adjust lids. Process in boiling water bath (half pints) 15 minutes. Makes 13 half pints.
Now that is what the recipe reads. I know Diane at the Extension Office would have a hissy fit, but this is how I adjusted the recipe to suit me. (“That’s not acceptable”, is what Diane would say!) But I am a cook who does fluctuate with her recipes. I have threatened to make rabbit tacos or hot dog fried rice before but never have.
I don’t feel badly when I have to substitute because I don’t have a certain ingredient.
I added shredded carrots, a jalapeno pepper and fresh grated ginger. Instead of water I used the water I cooked the beets in. I didn’t use whole cloves but instead used ground cloves. I also sprinkled in a little nutmeg.
It is delicious.
Today I jumped on the bandwagon and made kale chips. I seasoned with garlic, paprika, onion powder and chili pepper. I sprinkled with pink salt when they were finished. I hated them! They tasted burned and were horrid. I'll go back to my kale salads.
Peace be with you.