Pickled Beets

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Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

Yields 5 pints

Ingredients

3 pounds small whole beets

2 cups vinegar

1 cupwater

1/2 cup sugar (stevia or sugar replacement)

1 teaspoon whole allspice

6 whole cloves

3 inches stick cinnamon

Directions

1. Wash beets, leaving on the roots and 1 inch of tops. Place in a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven or kettle; add water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and discard cooking liquid. Cool beets slightly; trim off roots and stems. Slip off the skins.

2. In the same Dutch oven or kettle combine vinegar, water, and sugar. Place allspice, cloves, and cinnamon in the center of a 7-inch square of cheesecloth or 2 coffee filters; tie into a bag and place in Dutch oven. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

3. Pack beets in hot, clean half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Carefully add the boiling pickling liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Discard the spice bag.

4. Wipe jar rims and adjust lids. Process in boiling-water canner for 30 minutes. Remove jars from canner; cool on racks.

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You can double or triple the recipe as needed.  Or add more or less spices as you wish.

Freezer Slaw
2 pounds cabbage
1 large green pepper
3 large carrots
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
Dressing:
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard seed (ground or whole)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
Chop & shred cabbage, carrots, peppers & onions.  Mix in salt and let stand loosely covered at room temperature at least one hour (we let it stand for about 3)
Drain if needed.
In a pot add sugar, water, vinegar, mustard and pepper and bring to a roaring boil.  Let boil for about a minute.
Let cool for about 10 min, then mix liquid into veggies.
Package into freezer safe container, leave 1/2 inch headspace.
Let stand for about 30 min.
Label & freeze.
Keeps for a year.