Note that this recipe will only perform as expected when using the Ball® freshTECH Automatic Home
You will need
10 cups beets, prepared
3 tbsp Ball® brand Mixed Pickling Spice
2-1/2 cups white vinegar, 5% acidity
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
4 Ball® brand pint (16 oz) Glass Preserving Jars
Required: Ball® freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System
Prepare your beets
To prepare beets: leave root and 2 inches of
stem intact to prevent bleeding. Scrub thoroughly and sort by size, placing larger beets on the
bottom of a large stainless steel saucepan and smallest on top. Add water to cover; bring to a
boil and cook until tender, 20 to 40 minutes, depending upon the size of the beets. Remove beets
from saucepan as they are cooked and run under cool running water. Drain. Slip off skins and
remove tap root and stems. Leave baby beets whole and slice or quarter larger beets.
Tie pickling spice in a square of cheesecloth,
creating a spice bag. In the meantime, pre-heat your empty jars.
Combine vinegar, water, sugar and spice bag in a
large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve
sugar. Reduce heat and boil gently for 15 minutes, until spices have infused the liquid. Discard
spice bag. Add beets and return mixture to a boil.
Pre-heat your empty jars
Remove Inner Pot from Appliance. Remove Rack; set
aside. Fill Inner Pot with warm tap water to fill line. Return Inner Pot to Appliance. Place
Rack back into Inner Pot. Place empty jars onto Rack in Inner Pot. Set preserving lids and bands
aside in your work space. Close and lock Appliance Lid.
Press Pre-Heat button, then
press Start. The red Pre-Heating light will illuminate, and the Appliance will
begin pre-heating your jars. Jars will be pre-heated when the green Ready light is flashing.
Keep jars in Appliance, with Lid closed and locked, until ready to fill with beets.
Preserver your beets
Unlock and open Appliance Lid.
Remove one hot jar. Close Lid, but do not lock,
to keep remaining jars hot. Using a slotted spoon, ladle beets into hot jar, leaving a generous
1/2-inch headspace. Ladle hot pickling liquid into jar to cover beets, leaving 1/2-inch
headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace by adding hot pickling liquid. Wipe rim of
the jar. Center new lid on jar. Twist on band until fingertip tight. Return filled jar onto Rack
in Inner Pot.
Repeat step 2 until all jars are filled with
beets and pickling liquid and returned to Inner Pot. Close and lock Lid.
Press Pickles, then press Recipe
2. Press Start to begin preserving.
The Appliance will start sensing your recipe,
indicated by the orange Sensing light. Then, the preserving phase will begin, indicated by the
orange Preserving light. When your appliance beeps and the green Ready light is flashing, your
pickled beets have been successfully preserved! Press Stop. Unlock and open
Remove jars from Inner Pot using jar lifter and
place upright on a towel. Allow to cool, undisturbed, for 12 to 24 hours. Check lids for seal.
Label and store your jars.